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Kindness vs. Civility

Came across a blogger who’s a self-appointed ambassador for an online “kindness movement”. Here’s the irony: she boasts about being a hard-core hip-hop fan—to the point of playing the genre during her yoga classes (!) and tweeting links to what she’s listening to.

Kindness hustle

In case you don’t know what hip-hop (mostly) consists of, think gangsta rap, objectification of women, crude sexuality, rampant obscenities and glorification of materialism (including ways to get lots of money, like drug dealing).

Recently, she encouraged readers to “write down their inspirations”, a nice little Remedial Creativity 101 post that would be fine…except that she posted pics of several of her personal notebooks.

One of the covers? Fuck You and Your Blog.

::blink:: Your holder of big dreams has that on the cover?

Call me judgemental, but these clues hint to an angry, acquisitive “slumming-in-the-lower-chakras” female, Watson—not someone I’d want to hire as a “mystical mogul”, “biz mentor” or “Tarot coach”.

Saying that you support kindness by posting “Kindness Movement” links, placing related graphics on your blog or refusing to confront or publicly (keyword, publicly) insult an individual online doesn’t make you “kind”.

It just makes you “civil”.

Civility is a 1st Chakra fear response guarding against being scolded by—or kicked out of—a “tribe” or “association”. It involves fears emanating from other chakra issues, too, but the Root Chakra is the mother lode.

So what is kindness?

Kindness handbook 400It emanates from the Heart Chakra. It’s what you truly think and feel about humanity or an individual—you know, when alone and no one is looking.

It’s the motive of wishing that all beings be free from suffering—even those you don’t like, or “enemies”. It’s the goal of wanting to serve and help others, not seeing your Twitter followers, Facebook fans or blog readers as virtual dollar signs—sources for new gold grillz, yo.

To read my review of a wonderful book on this topic—The Kindness Handbook by Sharon Salzberg—click here.

You have heard it that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy”. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? – Jesus (Matthew 5: 43-44; 46-48 NKJV

-- Janet

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