June 28, 2021

Secret Acts of Virtue

Making the smallest changes can sometimes have the effect of snapping us out of autopilot and really appreciating the present moment. This is the third in a series of posts about mindfulness exercises that you can incorporate into your day.

For one week, try to engage in one different, secret, act of kindness each day. For example: washing someone else's dishes, making an anonymous donation, or leaving a treat on a colleague's desk.

It can be quite fun to think of new, creative, things to do. There can be some excitement in trying not to get caught and some creeping disappointment if you aren't caught or acknowledged.

We all love praise and positive recognition. It makes us feel successful and appreciated. This exercise teaches us to be willing to put in the effort to do things for the people around us, even if we never earn credit for it.

"Each time we give something away, whether it is a material object or our time, we are letting go of a bit of that carefully gathered and fiercely defended temporary heap of stuff we call 'I, me and mine' ".

Source: How to Train a Wild Elephant & other adventures in mindfulness