Blog 11-15-19 Yoga Benefits – Loving Kindness

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Blog 11-15-19 Yoga Benefits – Loving Kindness

As we venture further into our month of kindness we may ask ourselves, why? In a world that is in conflict and turmoil, why not protect ourselves? Why not hunker down, and stay to ourselves? There are certainly days where this seems like the thing to do. As we know, kindness takes effort. Being considerate and generous and friendly takes intention and focus. Whether it is a kindness guided internally or externally, there is effort required. And then coming back to the why? Why do we spend this time, focus and effort?

Kindness has SO many benefits. Of course, we benefit when we offer ourselves a kindness, and it turns out, according to a 2018 study by J. Chancellor, et al. found at PubMed.gov discusses how both the givers and receivers of random acts of kindness noted positive benefits in a variety of life domains. It turns out the givers of kindness felt an increase in the variety of benefits they felt. 

In addition, Kindness releases oxytocin, our hormone involved in connection and love. This allows us to increase happiness and feelings of love. Kindness reduces feelings of anxiety, and in turn can reduce our stress levels. These are just a few of the benefits associated with both giving and receiving both acts and messages of kindness. So when we think why? Because it feels good to be kind, both physically and spiritually!

How are we to reach out and expand our capacity for kindness? 

  • As we discuss so often, those messages of lovingkindness towards ourselves and others are a great start. 
  • Random acts of kindness: these can be SIMPLE. Holding the door, picking up something for someone, buying coffee for the person behind you! Every once in a while. 
  • Send a message of gratitude. It could be a snail mail letter, an e-mail, a text, or a phone call!
  • Write down how you are grateful for something YOU have done and put it somewhere that will surprise you later. 

Let’s challenge ourselves to 2 internal and 2 external acts of kindness in the coming week. I bet we can do something great for the collective consciousness 🙂