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.

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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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Experiencing the After Life

 

What does it mean to have eternal life?  How are we immortal?

If you choose to honour life in its infinite perfection, and for the many experiences – all of which give us incredible opportunity for knowledge, growth, healing, joy (and fun), etc. – then the experience of death is yet another experience of life.

Experiencing death through the expression of life means that we see death as the ending point of ‘this’ life experience, but certainly not the end.  The majority of organized religions believe in the immortality of the soul; and of another life that follows when the embodied soul leaves our physical being.

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The soul as a densely inspired grouping of matter (energy) is what returns to Source.  In it’s divine state, our soul looks to reclaim all of its earthly ‘physical’ experiences, to acknowledge its sojourn as pureness and infinite love.  The hopeful ideal is that the soul’s earthly time in physical form has served to heal and release past karma from previous lives spent as a physical being and to become acknowledged and integrated by the “self”.  Remember the soul is both within us and a part of the universal soul (universal consciousness) and is infinite love.  Our free will determines whether we allow the soul to shine outwardly from within us – its presence to be felt and integrated wholly as the energy of love – or not.  (Free will whether experienced as conscious or unconscious choices exist in humans and in animals; and is always challenged by impulse, instinct, habit – and specifically in humans as ego, and the busy ‘thought’ distractions of the mind).

 

Does the soul consciousness know when it is “time” to leave the physical body?  Can the soul experience a sense of ‘completion’ of its “work” or “objectives” in the physical world and is this related to why some people claim they feel peacefully “ready” for death in the final stages of life?

The physical body does what it is designed to do; live (thrive in fact) until it can no longer (either by our free will choice to die and with that, a refusal to care for our physical body until its uncertain demise, or in some cases, our continued mistreatment of our physical ‘home’, and the unnecessary ‘suffering’ and eventually failure of our physical condition).

If you believe in the theory that we are all energy… that “our” soul energy never ‘dies’ with our physical body but returns to ‘Source’, then all of us are never really dying.  While our physical body does have an ultimate ending point; the soul is eternal.  Remember that the soul (as energy) will at some later time, be embodied in another physical being. Those of us who have the ability to know we are about to ‘leave’ this world have the luxury of making some final plans, of perhaps ‘making peace’ with others, or simply preparing to go.

The soul doesn’t experience physical death – only the moments just prior to death. At ‘death’ the soul consciousness if it is prepared to leave, simply moves from the physical (body) form back into the world of energy.

In the case of animal souls, it has been said that their ‘shorter’ life span has very much to do with the fact that they have completed what experiences or ‘purpose’ they set out in search of.  An animal (and most certainly a domesticated pet) is infinitely loving – something that we as humans spend a great deal of our life failing to master.

 

Do our animal pets contemplate the ending of their life?  Do they have thoughts of “wishing” they were “healthy” or “wishing to die?”  Perhaps we will never have a provable answer to these questions, although it is likely that an animal is more often than not – simply living each moment in the present – and in the best way that they can.

Animals in general… and certainly the animals I have chosen to raise, love, and care for… have always gifted me with lessons of hope, bravery, strength, and unconditional love.  They remind me of the beauty in the simplest of actions, and the perfection in being present in each moment, living intentionally, and of course loving purely and intensely.

 

If we remain observant, animals remind us of our innate nature as: peaceful, curious, vulnerable, playful and loving.  They show us the pure joy in being their innate perfection: watching, running, jumping, chasing what moves, and thriving on being alive.  Sadly it is our ‘human nature’ that creates the complexities, confusion, and angst we live with, robbing us of our pure infinite potential.  Our four legged loved ones also teach us about the simple actions of life and death and of simply moving to another place as ‘energy’.  While most of us fear death, or at the least feel unsettled about it; animals teach us how to live in the physical world until at some point they no longer do so.  They don’t contemplate the ‘ending’ of their life in the same way we do; nor do they (likely) deliberate on it.

 

Animals are instinctive by nature.  They accept whatever is and do their ‘best’ in that moment.  They do not understand labels such as ‘terminal illness’ so they continue living in whatever way possible (and as best as they can) until they can no longer do so.  In many terminal conditions such as cancer, the body slowly deteriorates and the animal’s physical abilities decline until they are just a physical ‘shell’.  The soul remains until the moment of physical death but the animal (and how it was known to be) certainly appears to be ‘gone’.

 

 

It remains to be seen whether all of the ways we attempt to hold off death are really humane after all.

If you knew that you were going to a better place; (if you were shown pictures, or able to watch a movie depicting what your experience would be), would it make it easier to pass, leaving behind this life?  If you were able to remain present and to live each moment, then you likely would not spend much time contemplating what was coming.  Your attention would remain on how you were living right now.

 

Perhaps the most significant thing death teaches us is how to live…how to free ourselves of the unneeded worry and suffering and instead – thrive, enjoy, honour the life we have been given.  Remember all of our experiences are experiences the soul yearns for.

 

Namaste!

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An added afterthought and update:

This is what we want to hold onto; we want to enjoy the privilege of having the physical moments of: holding, hugging, touching, kissing, and feeling the kinesthetic luxury of being spirit embodied.  We absolutely want to hold onto this physical life and all of its gracious pleasures for as long as we can – even if the quality of our life has changed or deteriorated.

We can also influence a soul’s decision to leave by not wanting the physical being to go.  The idea of ‘giving permission’ for the animal or human to die is a way of energetically detaching – of gently releasing the soul from the physical body – particularly in cases where the soul energy is ‘hanging on’ for the sake of others.

 

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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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…the SIGNS of August

SIGNS are one way of receiving divine guidance.  Rather than resist what comes before you, consider it as a sign – a message of spirit that invites you to see another way – another path – a path that is even more perfect than the one you might have been on.

Signs are important ways to discover doing something different… or as a gentle reminder of what you may need to do.  Some signs ‘grow louder’ as a way of getting your attention about something that usually requires your action on it.

 

Be OPEN to the idea of signs sending you messages: in the words you hear others speak (both directly to you and in conversation with others), what you hear or see in the media, a particular phrase within a song, or a word or sentence that randomly presents itself where you easily see it.

Consider all of what you see and experience as perfect signs from the universe that help you discover new opportunities and forge new paths.  Signs are marvelous for helping us change our everyday routine and open us to new and different experiences if we see them as such.

During the next 30 days, pay attention to the signs that you notice. 

Ask for divine guidance and remain open to receiving the perfect answers in messages delivered through signs.  Signs can become your guidepost, confirmation, a gentle reminder, and mostly …an opening to experiencing the unexpected and the magic of life.

When you receive a gift, an unexpected suggestion (or critique), or you experience something new in your path, ask your intuitive self to convey the underlying message or ‘gift’ of this SIGN.  Let your intuition help decipher these messages and allow yourself to follow or trust in the inner knowing of their meaning.  Follow and notice what happens!

 

Consider keeping a special log of the signs you notice this month including your interpretation of them.  As you reflect back at some later time, you will be able to see how valuable the signs of August have been in shaping, guiding, helping you along your sacred path.

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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