The last few days I was journeying around the San Francisco Bay Area visiting friends and teaching a bit of yoga. After living much of my commuting life in a car it was a wonderful change to use public transportation.

Seeing diverse people, noticing patterns of behavior, and witnessing oblivious as well as considerate interactions generated luscious food for thought and made me think of what impact can be made with kindness.

From a man getting up to free up his seat for a pregnant woman, people helping one another while buying tickets, a young woman in deep conversation with an elder man, to people standing on the right side of the escalator allowing others in a hurry to pass by, kindness was present more than I expected.

As Anne Herbert says: “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”

At least a few times a week.