December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
It starts with you, but it’s not about you.
My new campaign for 2013 – iKind – is all about tapping the pure potential for love and kindness within, to make the world a sweeter, brighter, more humane and decent place to be.
As yoga reminds us, we are human beings not human doings, (which is why i think everyone who doesn’t embrace this philosophy fully already should stop, drop and do 10 Downward Dogs, then see how the world looks different from the inside ♥!) Here I go …
The sheer and maddening momentum with which so many of us strive toward our myriad and ever-changing notions of success, might make an alien from outer space think that our reason-for-being here, on Earth, is, in fact, doing!
iKind is about creating space for Metta, which is a Pali word (maitri in Sanskrit) meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, benevolence.
Interestingly, on Wikipedia, the word Meta (from the Greek preposition μετά = “after,” “beyond,” “adjacent,” “self”) is a prefix in English used to indicate a concept which is an abstraction from another concept, employed to complete or add to the latter.
You complete me. Get it?
The happier you are, the happier I am. Without each other we are both incomplete. And I don’t mean that in a Jerry-McGuire-confessions-of-love kind of way, but more so in the spirit of What-the-Timbit-said-to-the-Donut. If there were more kindness in this world, there would be less pain and suffering, and fewer people would feel alone. Self-centeredness isolates and separates us from one another. Kindness brings us together.
A dearth of metta, I believe, is why so many of us, today, feel empty inside and are constantly searching for completion in unhealthy relationships, addictions, distractions and delusions of grandeur – or in yoga-speak the omnipotent Ego Self.
So what do I plan to do?
Five acts of kindness a week for three months. Hopefully by then its just a habit I don’t think twice about. And don’t worry, I’m not going to brag about all the nice things I do on Facebook; that would miss the point and fall into the realm of super-annoying ego-gratification. Besides, no one likes a self-tauting do-gooder and I don’t want to lose any friends over this;)
What can you do? Pick up a copy of the January 2013 Chatelaine and read the article “A New State of Kind” which inspired me to launch iKind. Then, if you feel so moved, go to kindcycle.ca and register (it takes one minute) and the Lisa Watier Foundation will instantly donate $100 on your behalf to the Canadian Women’s Foundation to help stop violence against women.
Then, Join the iKind campaign and spread some meta-love around. You will have already done one random act of kindness, so why not keep going? And to spur you on, anyone who does five acts of kindness a week for one month (on yogi’s honour) will be entered into an April draw and one lucky person will attend my next yoga retreat, May 24-26, (value $400) for free!
What do you have to lose? Don’t think of it as another thing to do, but rather another way to be.