Today I have been doing my best to be kind.
Every time we choose a course of action we have an intention. It might not always be a conscious thought but we can always look back and work out what our intention was.
What got me thinking about all of this was a very early wake up call from my 3 year old, Noah.
He came upstairs and woke me up and so I went back to his room with him to sort him out with something to play with whilst I came round. To my horror it was only 5am!
I got back into bed and within minutes he was there too climbing all over me. Martyn had taken the opportunity to sneak down to the sofa in the hope of some more sleep. I have to admit I was grumpy about that. I started to get annoyed that ‘yet again’ he had left the early wake up to me to deal with!
When Noah and I went downstairs to sort breakfast I made a comment to him about how it would be nice if just sometimes he would take Noah downstairs and leave me to sleep. He acknowledged this in a sleepy way and apologised.
Then when I sat to do my meditation I spent a few minutes contemplating what had happened. What was my intention in being grumpy with Martyn? I suppose it was to make him feel guilty. I certainly wasn’t being kind.
So at the start of my meditation I decided that my intention today was to be kind. When I finished my meditation I felt so much better and so positive.
I apologised to Martyn and gave Noah a kiss and the day looked much more promising. I grinned as I went running thinking about how different I felt. All it took was a bit of reflection and a mindful approach and I felt amazing.
So don’t let the small things ruin your whole day. There is always a better approach with mindfulness. Set yourself an aim, perhaps to be more patient, more generous or more grateful. Any of these will give you a more positive and happy way forward.
Come on a Revitalise Day to learn more about mindful living, having a better intention can change so much.