Ready to change the world? It sounds like a big task; the world we live in is billions of people deep! How can one person really make a difference? Well, the answer is not overwhelming at all – small gestures of kindness and love can impact many people’s days, whether you know them, or not. Give and encourage others to pass it on – the world awaits!
We are not in control of our daily circumstances and there are many factors of our lives which we cannot do anything about. This can be a cause of anxiety, and feeling stressed or overwhelmed. It’s difficult to begin to think about other people, when we are struggling and feeling mentally frazzled. There are many tools to help us already at our disposal, however, and you can access them for free and at any time!
Meditation is a method you can practise in almost any situation to some degree. If you have 5, 10 or 20 minutes to relax, try a guided meditation by Jason Stephenson on Youtube, for example, or download the free app Insight Timer, for both guided sessions and a custom meditation timer.
If you are on the go, or at work and are not able to to close your eyes for several minutes, just take some deep breaths. Take 5-10 deep breaths, feel your heartbeat slow down and take a moment to feel your feet on the earth. This grounding technique is perfect for turning around a bad mood and improving your perspective.
Whenever you can, spend time in nature. Take a walk, hike, or bike ride through a wood, around a lake, or up a mountain. The trees, plants and earth can have a powerful and calming affect on the mind and body, and help you to feel rejuvenated. Surrounding yourself with plants, in your home or office space, can have a similar affect, while also cleaning the air you breathe.
When we are feeling content with ourselves, we are in a better position to be of service to others. A wonderful way to feel good and do great things for the world is to focus on what you can do for others (include humans, animals and, of course the Earth itself). Each day we are given choices of how to behave or respond to our circumstances – shall I wait and hold this door for the person a few feet behind me? Should I make eye contact and smile at this stranger walking past? Can I help the person struggling with their bike? What we do can make a big difference to the world around us. One gesture of kindness can ripple out and promote more friendly and positive actions in others. You know that a smile can be infectious and saying something positive is more rewarding than saying something negative. Be mindful of the choices you make each day and when given the opportunity to do some good for another person, take it and enjoy the satisfaction you get from it.
Feeling inspired to make some world-changing gives? Check out the 365give blogs for giving ideas that involve people, animals and the Earth!