Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Kindness

Recently I attended a seminar at the Center for Spirituality and Aging at Walnut Village in Anaheim.  The seminar topic: “Practicing Kindness, A Framework for Meeting the Challenges of Aging”.

The seminar was excellent, and I came away with an even deeper appreciation of the need for kindness as we serve seniors in our community. In today’s busy world, kindness can be that simple act so often forgotten.  I wanted to share with you today a resource list that was distributed to those in attendance.  I hope it is helpful as we all work towards creating the best world possible for seniors.

– Tricia Homrighausen
   Communications/Development Manager

 

Resources on Practicing Kindness

 Books:

The Miracle of Kindness:  Changing the World, One Act at a Time by Jim Kok

The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life by Piero Ferrucci

The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion by Sharon Salzberg

 

Websites:

 Random Acts of Kindness Foundation Lots of ideas for a variety of settings.  Videos, newsletters, stories of kindness,  resources.

Australian Kindness Movement  This particular page of the site has ideas for “The 16 Days of Kindness” program.  Could be adapted for older adult residential settings.

 Spirituality and Practice:  Resources for the Spiritual Journey Many resources from quotes, books, films, ideas to practice.

One Million Acts of Kindness Primarily aimed at school programs, but has a tab for ideas of linking seniors and children around kindness.

Self-Compassion: A Healthier Way of Relating to Yourself  Some videos on self-kindness and compassion, guided meditations and reflection exercise.

 Care and Kindness The website for Care and Kindness conferences and newsletters, Jim Kok, founder.