Continuing on from my post yesterday about dedicating this week to right speech…
I really enjoyed experimenting further with this today. I used each interaction as an opportunity to further develop my practice.
Sometimes I forgot to be mindful (and gently forgave myself). Not that I spoke harshly, but I feel I could have made more of an effort to promote kindness.
There were occasions though that I had wonderful interactions as a result of being very mindful.
I was very aware of the intention behind my words, and also taking the opportunity to use the interaction as an opportunity for kindness.
And I felt that I had a great connection with the people that I spoke to. One particular lady I have only briefly spoken to before at the school – however today with mindful effort we had such a great conversation! She even put her hand on my arm several times in a gesture of friendship and connection.
I also noticed one of the teachers absent-mindedly rubbing her neck as she walked past me. So I asked her if she was okay, and whether she had a sore neck. She was surprised at first as she hadn’t been aware that she was doing it, but said that yes, she did have a sore neck. And she was touched that I’d asked.
I love how the eightfold path can be incorporated in daily life.