In September of 2005, a fire ignited in Burn's Bog, a large nature preserve which is dubbed the lungs of the Lower Mainland.
A bog fire can be tricky to fight, as the crew is concerned with what is above-ground and highly visible, and that which is voraciously burning underground.
Kindness can be compared to a bog fire. The "above-ground", which you readily see, hear and feel, if you're paying attention.
But, kindness is also "underground", or more aptly, "inside". The donor is fueled with the fire of life when an act of kindness is performed with an open-heart. The benefits are measurable in a change in heart rhythms, if the person has taken the time to learn what this means and what it feels like. It is a conscious choice, which needs to be practised. But, it doesn't require a lot of time and can be done in any situation. (Some of the places that I've practised these techniques include the operating table, traffic and before a presentation.)
In stress coaching, you'll learn to see and feel the difference between jagged heart rhythms (stress) and the smooth ones.
Image courtesy of Jan K.