The kindness movement! I love it! On the surface, it looks like everyone singing “Kumbaya” and holding hands around a campfire. A sixties movement with a modern-day twist. My children’s school district and the one I work in are part of a program called Ben’s Bells. Random acts of kindness are encouraged and rewarded.
However, I have been missing the boat. As I watch the kindness movement work its way through schools in my area at the same time, I notice an increase in anxiety, mental health issues, and a decrease in social skills (getting along with others, communication, negotiation and trust). Yes, we can blame technology and social media but that is whole other topic.
So the real work is learning to love thyself. That means loving every square inch of my mind, body, and soul – even the yucky parts!! As I learn to love myself, loving my neighbor is a natural result (progression). So I am on a journey of self-compassion and on this journey love and compassion will be the ripple effect. Will you join me?
With love, gratitude and compassion,