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Reflecting for kindness: one pebble at a time

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from the Mental Health Foundation (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk)
This is "Mental Health Awareness Week" (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week) and the theme being highlighted by the Mental Health Foundation is kindness. Often kindness focusses on how we treat others, whether by helping when we see someone in need, or spontaneously. We are also reminded of the importance of being kind to ourselves but this is something that can be more challenging. The following are some personal reflections on kindness to oneself, influenced by talks heard, things read, and words and deeds done and seen over the years.

Our kindness aims to alleviate someone's pain, or help them overcome a challenge, or even simply to surprise them with something they enjoy. Whatever the context in which kindness manifests, one thing I've noticed is that it has the greatest impact when it is rooted in a good understanding of the other person's situation. Withou…