Kindness begins with being kind to yourself.
For those of us that my struggle with an unkind mind, here is a daily metta (loving kindness practice) to start your day.
Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit. Take a minute to settle in and begin to notice your breath. Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out.
Repeat the following phrases to yourself.
May I be filled with lovingkindness.
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May I be well in body and mind.
May I be at ease and happy.