The Kindness SessionsApril 18, 2014
Welcome to a new series of blogs from Verity Pabla called ‘The Kindness Sessions’! Here you’ll get regular personal writings from Verity around the kindness theme that pervades the philosophy of herself and I’m not a machine music…
Great to be here to share the first Kindness blog and I hope you enjoy reading. I found myself faced with some emotion the other morning – waking up to find out the amazing news from the organisation I support, Animals Asia, that they are now working with a bear bile farmer to turn his farm into a sanctuary for the 130 bears that live there. Wow! This is historic and amazing in so many ways. Tears of joy. And then I had an interaction with a homeless man who I’ve seen over the years but had never spoken to before. His reaction to me was humbling beyond belief – his genuine enquiry as to whether I’m having a good life, almost broke my heart. As humanity we are so weak and yet so strong. So I’d like to share this writing with you, and I hope you’ll come back again for the next ‘episode’ of The Kindness Sessions!
‘We all watch you walk on by
At which point do we stop and stare?
Really look at what’s happening here
You are in my heart
Despite not knowing who you are
I can’t help but feel emotion about your situation
And I wish to know what I can do to help you
They all don’t see you walk on by
And what’s the shift that needs to happen to change our blindness?
That which stops humanity from being human-kind!
It’s been easier to not look, to be ignorant to suffering
Yet in turn we’ve suffered and lost – lost our ability to empathise, to support, to heal, to be ‘connected’
Now we must rise up
For it’s no longer good enough to remain in denial
Nor to see what’s going on but do nothing about it
We must mobilise our kindness
With more vigor than has ever been seen before
A powerful species – clever indeed
This power and intelligence can be used positively – for the greater good
We all know on some level that peace on earth is possible
And whatever toxic thinking that blocks this acknowledgement we must release now to be open and ready for a new reality
That path is set to be walked upon
Let’s, as a collective, make that sooner rather than later!
How may you be kind today, in your own life experience?‘