"Be kind to your mind."
A notion we often hear thrown these days but fail to truly understand the meaning of.
So today, I wanted to explore the true meaning behind this famous quote, and show you how I made peace with myself, my body, and mind through practices of kindness & mindfulness.
To be kind
Kindness is defined by the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate, of others and yourself.
With this idea in mind, the first step I took towards making peace with myself & the world, was by learning to be kind through my words.
Not only the words I spoke aloud, but also the words I chose when speaking to myself within my very own mind.
For when we choose kinder, gentle language to address ourselves, we behind to shift the way our mind thinks naturally.
Instead of categorizing ourselves as a wounded individual, when we begin to rewrite the script and present ourselves as a healing spirit, we open our hearts, minds, and souls to the very act of healing, rather than holding ourselves back and holding onto the past hurt we have felt.
So, I would first suggest starting off small. Take note of the language you use around yourselves and others, by simply noticing when you become a little self-deprecating or often put yourself down, and then institute new vocabulary with positive connotations.
As you progress, make sure to do the same when talking to others as well. Use language that uplifts the ones around you, rather than putting them down, and you will begin to see that not only do you feel better, but the atmosphere around you will start to feel much more at peace too.
Now, onto being kind of your body!
This is something that even I have struggled with in the past, and sometimes struggle with depending on the day.
So, know that this is an uphill battle, but one that we can still learn to make peace with.
Being kind to your body, does not mean that you always feel your best at any given moment of any given day.
It is the notion that you love and respect yourself, regardless of how you look, or how you feel about the you look.
It is about letting go of what others think, and exploring how you feel about your exterior, and why you feel that way.
Once you can come to peace with your feelings, even if they are ones of frustration, or disappointment that you don’t look the way you think you should, you will begin to see that just the simple sense of acknowledging helps to release some of the weight toff of your chest.
From there on out, it is about instituting new ideas and new feelings in regard to your body.
Practice mantras and words of affirmation while you stand in front of the mirror, or simply stand in front of the mirror and take a good look at yourself.
I find it hard to not smile when I look at myself straight in the eyes, because of how silly it feels to look so intently into my own reflection.
If your soul is telling you that it needs a break, find a quiet space, or create your very own sanctuary for self-care, and let your body cleanse its energies and vibrations through relaxation, whatever that may look like for you.
Either way, just the simple act of being open to yourself, will change how you see not only your physical self, but your spiritual, and conscious self as well!
On that note, I think it’s time for me to turn the power over to you, so you can try out the methods of self-kindness and care that we explored today, and let me know in the comments, any extra ways you create kindness within and around yourself on a day-to-day basis!