Rachael Kable talks kindness

Kelly Sikkema

Last week Ben and I spoke about mindfulness – what it is, what it’s not, and how to bring more of it in to our daily lives without adding ever more tasks to our overwhelming to-do lists. I’m glad we went deep on it, as it turns out this is one of the biggest obstacles people are facing when it comes to adopting a more mindful way of life. By simplifying it down to its essence of paying attention an idea that seemed complicated now seems accessible.

The other side of the mindfulness coin that has always interested me is the idea that self-care, self-compassion and self-kindness (of which the practice of mindfulness is one kind) is the tendency to equate it with selfishness. I had to learn that self-care not only wasn’t a selfish act but, in fact, it allowed me to be far kinder and more present in my external life as a result.

These are ideas I’ve been thinking on for a while so it was perfect timing when I sat down with today’s guest, the delightful Rachael Kable, to talk about all things mindfulness. Rach is the creator and host of one of the most uplifting mindfulness podcasts in the world, The Mindful Kind, and in today’s episode we chat about the meaning of mindfulness and the genesis of Rachael’s personal discovery of mindfulness. We also talk about mindful living and teenagers, a topic I’m asked a lot about, and Rach has some excellent tips on how to bring mindfulness in to the lives of a stressed out, highly connected teenager. 

We also look at the intersection of mindfulness and kindness, which is evident as soon as you begin to listen to the way Rachael encourages not only self-compassion but also the multitude of ways she personally serves others. It’s a really interesting part of the wider mindfulness conversation, and ties in to the idea of mindfulness and more widely, self-care, being selfish. But Rachael believes that it’s vital to fill ourselves up with kindness and compassion in order to turn around and pass it down the line to others. 

Rach has such a beautiful, positive worldview that it’s impossible to walk away from a conversation with her feeling anything other than hopeful and buoyant, and I hope you feel the same after today’s episode.

Enjoy! 

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