Having a daily practice of meditation and mindfulness is not just for your own benefit.
Indeed you do receive all the wonderful gifts; things like more peace and calm, a clear receptive mind, an open compassionate heart, and real joy - all of which you bring with you into your relationships, your job, your community, and the world.
Have you ever heard about the ripple effect? It's based on the understanding that we're all connected. Our thoughts, beliefs, and actions are like pebbles dropped into still water creating ripples that extend outward affecting others. It's really hard to say just how many lives we impact through the ripple effect - studies show on average it's 80,000!
You're the pebble.
Do you see how important your personal meditation practice is? How you show up in the world matters.
What ripples are you making?
Here are some ways you can practice being present for others in powerful ways.
1. Ask yourself what impact you want to make
We can so easily get lost in the grind of what we do and lose sight of the impact we are having and lose the energy and enthusiasm it takes to keep going. Connect to your purpose by asking yourself, "What's the impact my life, my work, my presence is having? What impact do I want to have?" Write it down and keep it close. Check-in with yourself to see how aligned your thoughts, beliefs, and actions are to your intention for making an impact.
2. Do one small thing every day
Little things make a big difference. There are thousands of ways to impact people in a positive way that are easy to do. They may seem "small" but you just never know what a difference they can make.
Ideas for random (and not so random) acts of kindness:
Random acts of kindness are done without an agenda - other than extending kindness and love! The actual impact you make is out of your control and may never be known to you. You'll get to enjoy the feeling of being a positive presence in someone's life - a pebble that's making ripples and possibly even waves.
"The idea that everything is purposeful really changes the way you live. To think that everything that you do has a ripple effect, that every word that you speak, every action that you make affects other people and the planet." – Victoria Moran
"Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” – Jackie Chan
"Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." – Scott Adams
This post is part of my 2021 Lenten series, Your 40 Days: A guide for stillness during Lent to help you commit to your spiritual practice for deep renewal and transformation.
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