World Kindness Day: November 13th

World kindness day is November 13th each year.

It has been delegated in order to help nations and individuals create a kinder world. It’s also a wonderful representation of how individuals making decisions are investing are investing in our global unity.

For kindness to exist among countries – it must first be an individual experience. It must be practised as a human condition – as an instinctive reaction among each one of us – and as what we teach and model for our children and future generations.

Kindness can be a deliberate and yet natural outpouring of who and ‘what’ we are.

Kindness is a life value. It is our inherent nature and yet it is also an intentional practice that we choose to uphold. Kindness can (with consciousness and deliberate will) become our ‘go to’ response based on choosing to think of others (and ourselves) with positiveness rather than mistrust, fear, and judgement. Kindness begets kindness. Being kind helps us to cultivate understanding; to see others as equals, and to remember the end goal of our discussions, deliberations, and even disagreements – which is always to remain – kind.

Kindness ultimately resolves potential conflict, allowing people to be as they are, realizing the fact that we all have our own unique preferences and beliefs– while challenging ourselves to look for how we are all alike.

If the other person remains unwilling to be kind, then your kindness will always serve you best in dealing with others in a fair and civil manner. When we are deliberately kind, it is far easier to hold compassion, care, and trust. (If someone has proved to be untrustworthy, we can still trust that our kindness will show them that we are capable of empathy and compassion – even if we choose to uphold our relationship boundaries with them).

Kindness is what builds and sustains positive, healthy relationships. When we think of being kind first even in the face of unkindness, we are able to dismantle much of the negativity and fear based behaviours of others. With kindness, we are able to realign ourselves with a common goal; and if we continue to hold differences, then we may do so respectfully, with the acceptance that others may have a different belief system or set of ideas. When people (and ultimately nations) come together in kindness, they are ultimately able to agree on the fundamental life values of peacefulness, respect of all living beings, and the ability to live in harmony rather than war.

Photo credit: gsdakotahorizons.org
Photo credit: gsdakotahorizons.org

An international movement to practice kindness (aka Kindness Day) reminds us of the need to choose how we will be in any given moment (and especially when it may seem easier to react in frustration, anger, displeasure, or even aggression).

Practising kindness outwardly teaches us much about responsibility. First, to ourselves as we make the conscious choice to be kind even in the face of what may seem like our ‘right’ to respond in defence of others not being kind. Practising kindness teaches us how to see beyond the action of another and to remember that any unkindness directed towards us is rarely about who we are, but rather the other person and their personal struggles to be heard, accepted, valued, important, and secure.

Whether as a personal challenge in light of world kindness day or as an opportunity to become kinder more consistently…consider what deliberate and thoughtful acts of kindness you can do today. Pay attention to how your conscious attention towards being kind, changes how you feel in that instant; softening how you think and feel about yourself, others, and the situation. You might also want to notice how act of kindness (much like a boomerang) come back to you quite effortlessly.

 

Some important questions to ponder to examine your own commitment to being kind:

Are you teaching your children about the importance of kindness first as a way of being in the world, and as a part of their personality and behaviour ? – For example in sport (where you can still be highly competitive – yet kind)?

Do you model kindness for your children, peers, and co-workers? Do you choose to think kindly of someone rather than assume they have ulterior motives or are dubious and untrustworthy? (You can still be kind to someone that you have chosen to uphold boundaries within if they are not trustworthy or kind).

Do you practice kindness (here’s a tougher one perhaps) in the face of unkindness? Can you personally be kind to someone who is showing you envy, rage, anger, discontent?

If you choose to embrace the power of living kindly as who you are, what do you need to change of your existing behaviours?

Namaste everyone!

ABOUT THE WORLD KINDNESS MOVEMENT

WKM is an international movement with no political or religious affiliations. The idea for the formation of the organization came out of a conference in Tokyo in 1997 when Japan brought together like-minded kindness organizations from around the world. It is now recognised as the peak global body for Kindness, . The mission of the WKM is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world. Members of the movement include over 25 nations with representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Romania, Scotland, South Korea,Switzerland,Thailand, United Arab Emerites, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.
For more please visit: http://www.theworldkindnessmovement.org/about-us/

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The Energy of ‘THINGS’

Through our lifetime, we tend to collect physical ‘STUFF’.  Our personal ‘things’ take up not only physical space, but they also hold energy.  The next time you visit where people have lived for several years, especially if they have ‘filled their space’ with their worldly belongings, you can feel the energy (often akin to a heaviness or density) that comes from holding (and having) an abundance of ‘physical things’.

 

‘Things’ are energy.  The physical things you surround yourself with carry and vibrate ENERGY even though you may not be aware of this.

One reason we hold onto stuff we no longer need is because of our emotional attachment (or sentiment) rather than an actual physical need.

 

While some of your possessions may elicit feelings of comfort and security, other objects are associated with feelings of pride and self-worth – especially if there has been accomplishment involved in acquiring them (e.g. saving money to buy something of significance) or a sense of privilege in ‘acquiring’ something based on your financial means.

When you no longer see or appreciate the value in some ‘thing’, holding onto it doesn’t serve a purpose.  Either you find a use for your possession (and perhaps a rekindled sense of appreciation for it) or consider releasing it; opening yourself for something new in it’s place.

Simultaneously, consider placing more thought on what you will consume, purchase, store, and ‘own’.  

A recent move reminded me of all of the “stuff” I have been moving along with me in life.  I began ‘purging’ before the move and I have continued to do so with each box I unpack.  Just the act of packing up things I haven’t used or had ‘use’ for in the last decade saddened me.  I had been accumulating ‘stuff’ without purpose – that was metaphorically weighing on me. 

 

The energy associated with things we hold onto can bring us much joy – or burden us. 

How much of the stuff you own is what you really need?  How much ‘stuff’ do you carry through life that you have no use for?

 

‘Things’ cultivate a particular mood state in part because of the meaning (and importance) we place on ‘owning’ the object as well as the general satisfaction (appreciation) we have in its use.  It’s when we don’t USE things we own that they have less use (they become “useless”).  If you continue to hold onto things that no longer have value or purpose, you are invariably carrying unneeded energy. 

This energy adds weight and blocks the flow of new energy in your life.  Giving things away, recycling, or selling them is a way to resume the flow of energy – ensuring you are not consumed by your ‘stuff’.  You also make room – sometimes to replace an object, but sometimes (and this is still a new thought pattern for many of us) simply to have S P A C E in your life (both physically and metaphorically).

 

There is a difference between having necessary ‘tools’ that allow you to function effectively in life, and holding objects and possessions that you really don’t need; that get in the way of living effectively.  What STUFF have you recently bought that has no real purpose?  Do you buy something because of its physical beauty or the emotion that you attach to possessing it?

Do you sometimes reflect on your material goods or STUFF as what ‘makes’ you FEEL happy?  And if so, do you notice how this feeling is fleeting?  (After a time, the ‘novelty’ of what you felt for your “new thing” is forever gone.)  

Consider the energetic ‘weight’ of your material possessions.  Do you continue to hold onto things because they hold particular value to you?

…because seeing it conveys a sense of importance or meaning

….or is the object now of no particular value or ‘purpose’?

*The key is NOW.  It may once have been purposeful, but now no longer.

 

Understand the reasons behind needing STUFF is also telling for understanding yourself and your actual needs.  Asking, “What is it I really need in place of this ‘thing’?” whenever you have an urge to buy something for no real reason helps tremendously in revealing what you actually need in that moment.  Often it isn’t about acquiring stuff at all but rather an underlying need of: comfort, love, feeling good about yourself, security, or aleviating boredom, etc. that you are subconsciously in search of.

Especially at this time of year when we are hyperfocused on acquiring ‘deals’ and “saving money”, bombarded with the massive commercialism of immediate consumption, over-spending, and the ‘big business’ of “spreading cheer”; it’s important to reflect on what we choose to buy someone.  ‘Forced’ gift giving becomes a shallow and meaningless task if there is no loving energy associated with it.  Acquiring stuff simply because it is a ‘great price’ has no real purpose in your life.

 

Consider the energy attached to whatever you buy: food, gifts, a service – and be thoughtful about what its particular purpose is. 

Choose wisely not only how you spend money but the energy you attach to spending. 

Be mindful of what things you have and consider a favourite mantra of mine… “You already have all that you need”.

Namaste everyone!

 

 

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HOLDING L i f e

How do we HOLD life?

What does it mean to uphold a value or a core belief?  How do you hold true to your word or honour the path of your chosen life purpose when there is always SO MUCH influencing our every action?

Photographer Katie Brock www.holdinglifestillphotography.com

 

‘HOLDING Life’ is a means of sharing in it’s abundance; of finding the adventure that exists outside your back door (or on a favourite nature path…..or anywhere else you might stop to look).  Holding life is about honouring the sacred journey that becomes among your greatest potential for the rich new experiences that shape and HOLD you as you live graciously.

 

 

Honour your choices to live life – share in the perfect experiences that reflect the special reasons for your existence.  Honour the path that you have been on but make conscious, reflective choices in how you will follow your “individual path” …and to where from here.

HOLD life as something precious, perfect… and infinite in its abundance and experiences.  Choose to inhale deeply and take in the beautiful of this moment.

Namaste everyone!!

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EARTH HOUR 2012: What’s Your Challenge?

Earth Hour is a worldwide event that is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)* and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

 

BUT IT’S MUCH MORE THAN THAT!

Let Earth Hour be a reminder of your commitment to:

conserve

recycle

REUSE

refrain from buying STUFF you really don’t need and will end up in landfill

plant trees and flowers

consider what you are pouring down the drain or spraying into the air

learn how things are made so you can make wise consumer choices

know what you are ingesting

go and see where your garbage goes…..

What will you do to take action; to contribute?

Earth hour is a global initiative.  Know that you can effect positive change in the planet -in your lifetime.

 

Earth Hour 2012 Official Video

 

What’s Your Challenge?? 

Consider your own challenge to keep the planet healthy; to live in respect and reverence of the planet; to help the earth nourish itself – and to make it a better place because of your choices and awareness.

Namaste!

 

 

*World Wildlife Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation through science.  http://www.worldwildlife.org/sites/earthhour/index.html

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