I love a good acronym and a few weeks ago I came across something by Neal Donald Walsch. Walsch has published many books on spirituality and probably most known for his series of Conversations with God. Walsch created an easy, yet useful acronym when practicing mindfulness of speech.
THINK first. Sounds obvious, but look at his breakdown.
T…is it Truthful? We all know not to lie, but recognizing that even exaggeration changes what is true.
H…is it Helpful? Do we contribute to a conversation or just want to hear our voice?
I….is it Inspiring? This was interesting for me to read. It denotes a level of good will.
N…is it Necessary? I look at this more like knowing when to be quiet and when to speak.
K…is it Kind? This I love. Either in our words or tone, when we speak, do we reveal genuine kindness?
Taking time for reflection, like addressing our speech, helps us to become more aware and grounded in the moment. It helps us to relate more meaningfully to others and observe our own intuition, which in turn helps to direct kind thoughts, kind words and kind deeds.