We are wired as human beings to connect with the world around us. To connect with nature, to connect with others, and to connect with ourselves.
It is in our nature to feel empathy and compassion for the pain and suffering of others. Nothing could be clearer at this time of great suffering across the globe. We see people suffering and in need, and subconsciously a thought arises: ‘something must be done!’
In great times of need, our love and compassion for our friends and families extends and reaches out to all sentient beings.
If we could increase the time that our love for humanity would extend to every living being, taking it beyond natural disasters and into every waking moment. Think how much more light there would be in the world.
Every moment there is a choice. To include or to exclude. To open or to close. To be selfless or to be selfish. Let’s make the right choice. All the time.
Follwing on from my Random acts of Kindness post, I came across an organisation that embodies random acts of kindness and labels its members RAKTIVISTS.
What is a raktivist?
‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’. Think of RAKtivists like kindness ambassadors—and, like all ambassadors, they’re a part of an active, global community.
RAKtivists are everywhere. The student who stops to hold the door open for a teacher with her hands full? They’re a RAKtivist. The commuter who offers their bus seat to an elderly passenger? They’re a RAKtivist too. The parking attendant who leaves a note on someone’s car, complimenting their parking skills? You guessed it. RAKtivist.
Anyone who believes kindness can change the world, who reminds everyone around them how much love there is in the world, who inspires hope and generosity with their actions as much as their words—they’re a RAKtivist.
I have become more interested in the Dalai Lama recently, for is this man not the spiritual ambassador of compassion and kindness? Just read the opening chapter to his autobiography and will likely share any stories I think you may like in the coming weeks.
All this happening together, beginning the Dalai Lamas autobiography and receiving an email from RAK informing me that I am officially a raktivist has a sense of synchronicity about it. I will embrace this moment and try and live up to my newest title: RAKTIVIST.
A recommendation from their email states: “Imagine what the world would be like if thousands of people became RAKtivists and EVERYONE committed just one act of kindness every month. That is why we need your help. This will start a world movement.”
Just one act every month! Surely we can do better than that.