10 Powerful Yet Simple Ways to Spread Kindness Energy

The world needs your kindness, now more than ever. When compassionate souls consistently connect with conflict, whether at work, home, the media or even in politics, your energy becomes depleted. This leaves you at risk for depression and anxiety.  

10 Powerful Yet Simple Ways to Spread Kindness Energy

How Can Kindness Refill Your Cup?

Spreading kindness is good for your health, as well as others. Here are six science-based ways being kind is good for your health By Maile Proctor

  • Kindness releases feel-good hormones.
  • Kindness eases anxiety.
  • Kindness is good for your heart.
  • It can help you live longer.
  • It reduces stress.
  • Kindness prevents illness.

10 Ways to Spread Kindness

There are numerous ways to spread kindness, more than I can count. I crafted this blog to get you started.

1. Allow someone to help you: As an empathic helper, accepting and asking for help can be difficult. Look from a different perspective. When others give to you, it helps them feel valuable and useful. Don’t deprive others of this gift. Simply say, thank you!

2. Photograph tourists: Offer to take another person’s photo. Selfies are fine but nothing beats someone else taking the photo for you. Living close to Plymouth Massachusetts, I love helping tourists with photos and directions. Even when my husband and I travel, we offer to take other people’s photos for them.

3. Give gifts mindfully: Purchase or make gifts which remind you of the uniqueness of another person. When you offer your gift, tell the other person why you are giving it to him or her. I have given photos, prayers, poems and books, all with this premise.

4. Be kind to yourself: Write down every morning or evening three to five things you are grateful for. Reflecting on what you have is a sure fire way to boost your mood. What is positively unique about you?

5. Send holiday cards or visit senior centers: Many seniors, do not have family visitors. Loneliness can become more apparent around the holiday season. Speak with your local senior center as to how you can best offer your gifts.

6. Give reviews on Amazon or for a website: Think about all of the products, classes and services you have enjoyed this year. Pick three to five of them and give a glowing review. Being an author and teacher, I can attest to the feeling of receiving positive feedback. It gives you the motivation to keep going, when the going gets tough.

7. Smile and give others compliments: You never know what another person is going through and your words may come at a needed time. Often, compliments are dismissed by the giver and even the receiver as no big deal. Your words are powerful, use them for good. Learn how to accept and give authentic praise.

8. Leave anonymous messages for others: Hand written notes, painted stones and cut out hearts can brighten another person’s day. Once I left a painted rock at my local park with an inspirational message on it. When I returned a few days later, it was claimed. I often smile, wondering who has it.

9. Your loving intentions: Kindness can be offered to others through your own thoughts and prayers. The other party does not even have to know you did anything for them. Keeping a delicious secret like this can bring the biggest smile of delight to yourself. Remember: Not only your words, but also your thoughts are powerful and can make a difference in the life of others.

10. Listen to Spreading Kindness: A Meditation to Heal Yourself & Others. Earlier this year, I felt upset with the state of the world. I prayed and was guided to create this specific meditation, which I am honored to share with you. Connect with a higher expression of love and peace. Spreading Kindness: A Meditation to Heal Yourself & Others by Lisa Hutchison LMHC helps you refill your cup as an empathic helper, while flowing healing light and love to those you know.

Buy your copy here today—>Spreading Kindness: A Meditation to Heal Yourself & Others . Listen on your phone, computer or device by clicking the web link provided after purchase.

 

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Lisa is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach who helps sensitive souls not just survive but shine. To learn more visit: http://www.lisahutchison.net

 

 

5 Benefits of Meditation that Restore Your Energy

“Our world needs more time to wonder and reflect but there is too much fast paced constant distraction.” – Mister Rogers.
 

We live in a complex world with a lot of stimuli flooding our senses each and every day. It is easy to get caught up in the whirl of activity around and within you. For empaths and HSP (highly sensitive people), the feeling of overwhelm can engulf you due to your ability to absorb energy from the people, places and things around you.

Here are 5 specific ways meditation restores your energy

  1. Reduces Stress– The act of focusing your mind, relaxes your entire mind-body-spirit system. When you meditate, you decrease stress hormones called epinephrine and cortisol. These hormones are activated by a part of your brain known as the amygdala. It is this part of your brain that reacts to stress and trauma causing you to go into a fight, flight or freeze response. In an eight week study (2011), Lazar found the amygdala got smaller through meditation and mindfulness. The participants reported spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindfulness exercises. 
  2. Calms Racing Thoughts– When you observe your bodily sensations and the stimuli around you, it slows the thoughts. One 2013 research study called Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering found that just a couple of weeks of meditation training helped people’s focus and memory during the verbal reasoning section of the graduate record examination (GRE).
  3. Increases Your Patience Meditation may increase your empathy for others. By consciously focusing on your breath, you learn detachment. Detachment or letting go naturally gives you more patience as you become more responsive rather than reactive. In a 2011 study Loving-Kindness and Compassion Meditation: Potential for Psychological Interventions  It is hypothesized that “loving kindness meditation may be particularly useful for targeting interpersonal problems such as anger control issues, whereas both compassion meditation and loving kindness meditation be particularly useful for treating relationship problems, such as marital conflicts, or counteracting the challenges among care giving professions or nonprofessionals who must provide long-term care to a relative or friend.” 
  4. Maintains a Mind-Body Connection– When you slow your breathing down it can sync up your mind and body. In a 2016 study called Entrainment of chaotic activities in brain and heart during MBSR mindfulness training it was found  “the chaotic activities of the brain and the heart became more coordinated during Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training, suggesting that mindfulness training may increase the entrainment between mind and body.” 
  5. Improves your Sleep– Your body and mind become more relaxed through a meditation practice which can help you let go, release and get a better quality of sleep. In April 2015 a study called Mindfulness Meditation and Improvement in Sleep Quality and Daytime Impairment among Older Adults with Sleep Disturbances was published.  It was found that those in the mindfulness group had less insomnia, fatigue, and depression at the end of the six sessions than those in the sleep education group only. 

My story

Meditation has saved my sanity as an empath. It not only has helped me let go of other people’s energy but also reconnects me to my soul. Without meditation, I am impatient, anxious, overwhelmed and more easily focused on the negatives of life. When I slow down, relax the body and release excess energy, I feel at peace, rejuvenated and myself again.

I am honored to have written, recorded and created an MP3 recording just for compassionate professionals like you called Renew and Heal: Releasing the Chaos Meditation.

I know how difficult it can be to let go of the craziness around you when you care so deeply. This energy of stress gets absorbed deep within your system causing fatigue, irritability and impatience. Now more than ever compassionate souls are being called to stay centered and grounded despite the chaos of our daily world and life.

I invite you to purchase your copy today here: Renew & Heal Meditation Releasing the Chaos 

Be as good to yourself as you are to others!

Renew & Heal Meditation-Releasing the Chaos

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach for empaths and artists. Her specialty is working with professionals who get drained from their helping efforts, recharge and renew their energy. If you would like to learn more about Lisa and her practice visit www.lisahutchison.net and pick up your FREE 10 page e-book called 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos From Your Life Now!