My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Today is the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday!
...and we are celebrating this blessed occasion by doing a random act of kindness. It can be absolutely anything of your choosing, because you know how we do things here in my necessary room - no rules. Just follow your heart and I am confident that it will lead you exactly where you need to be.
I am incredibly impressed with how many kindred spirits I have encountered here in blogland. When I enter this space, I feel interconnected. I don't really know how to explain it in words but somehow, you make the world seem smaller, more intimate, no matter where we are all physically located. I dig that ;)
Today, with love, we are collectively raising our hands to help another being in the universe. And walking hand-in-hand with love, one will always find kindness. I embrace loving-kindness with wide open arms. With so much suffering in the world, at times when I am feeling at a loss, I find my way back to centre by doing something, any thing, for someone else. The act of giving is such a powerful experience. It humbly reminds me that I am never alone and that there is always something I can do to make the world a better place, even if it's only one small act at a time.
I cannot thank you all enough for helping me build this *bridge of love* by doing a random act of kindness today. (and it's never too late to join us.) For those who have yet to decide on what they will do, I thought I'd mention a few ideas of contributions one can make:
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*help sponsor a nun through the Tibetan Nun Project
*cook a meal for an ill loved one
*give a bouquet of flowers to a neighbour
*make a quilt for a friend's newborn baby
*donate a knitted blanket or hats to the preemie ward of a local hospital
*compliment a stranger, sincerely
*send someone a nice, handwritten letter
*leave a thank you card for your mail delivery person
*make a handmade card for someone you care for
*phone a friend or relative just to say "i love you"
*compile a writing set and give to someone in a nursing home
*deliver flowers to a sick child in the hospital
*send a card to someone abroad in the military
*donate a book you've already read to someone
*put a coin in an expired metre - save someone that ticket
*drop off a new board game to a childcare programme
*donate toiletries to a homeless shelter
*copy a favourite recipe and give it with someone
*donate some books to a local foster home or library
*send someone an anonymous gift
*send a letter your *gift of jewels* pen pal
*host a giveaway on your blog
*the possibilities are endless
(and don't forget to include our lovely children)
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what will you do today?
I can't wait to greet all of you on the bridge of love.
(Note to self: Self, I know you are technologically-challenged (my friends are probably saying "that's not the only challenge" ;). Even though blogger is eating all the comments today, I will remain positive and happy. Not even blogger can stop us from building this bridge. Perhaps blogger needs a little loving-kindness).