I write a lot about self-development and personal growth, so when I come across a person who I can exchange my thoughts and ideas with, I am always open to learning.

Today, Dawn Rodrigues, a mother of three teenagers has been practicing yoga and meditation for 20 years is sharing with us the benefits of practicing the art of benevolence.

Hatha yoga was incorporated into her daily life soon after committing to the practice of meditation and is valued as a supportive tool in the journey of self-discovery through meditation.

Why Should We Practice the Art of Benevolence?

As I look around I can’t help but wonder if we as individuals, and collectively as a culture, are over time becoming increasingly devoid of benevolence?

I guess first I should ask if you know what the word benevolence means to you before you should be expected to answer that question. Unfortunately, it is rarely referred to these days but is a word which imbibes an attitude that should be held in the highest regard.

Benevolence is an inclination to be kind and a disposition to do well.

An act intending or showing kindness and goodwill is an expression of benevolence. It is what makes the world a better place!

Many of you have likely heard the saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor away.”

I would like to be so bold as to say that “a benevolent act a day can easily keep the blues away!”

Let’s face it, we live in a time in which depression and anxiety are on the rise.

Social media, while giving people access to countless “interactions”, often leaves people feeling empty and inferior to others. It’s easy to compare our lives with what we see being presented by others.

In an attempt to capture “postable” moments in our lives, we actually miss the moment in our semi-frantic attempt to have something to show off to others.

All the while, as we live in this virtual reality, we are losing touch with the people around us, those we live with or simply stand

Read the full original post here authored by Sheri Leinfellner. You can visit her blog here.

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