A couple of years ago I did a facebook -“25 days of Christmas -noticing random acts of kindness posts”. It had an amazing effect. At first it was difficult to notice any acts and I really had to stretch. But within a week I often noticed more than one a day. This is the power of cultivating (not prefabricating) the positive. There is a difference.
Positive and negative is happening all around us all the time. The problem is that because of our negative bias we mostly notice the negative. Mindfulness practice strengthens our ability to notice all of it. And lo and behold most of it is not negative. So we’re not fabricating what we don’t feel. We’re not making it up if it’s not true. We’re noticing what is. And deciding to put some attention there.
Tomorrow is December 1st, so for 25 days I will post random acts of kindness I see during the day. I’ll admit sometimes I have to do them in order to have one to post. And, it doesn’t always make me feel “good” necessarily. But there is an impact. And I get to notice that.
I invite you to read these and / or watch for them in your own life. See what happens. Be curious.