Welcome to my "Kira's Blog"!
I thought that this would be an easy and helpful way of staying in more contact. I get so many emails I don't get to answer them all, or take so long in answering some people wonder if I am still getting their emails! So I thought I could share bits and pieces of interest here, post them as they come along into my life.
Peace One Day … Global Truce 21st September, 2012
This is an inspiring initiative by Jeremy Gilley, who over 10 years ago began this initiative, what he calls his ‘crazy idea’ - you can have a listen to how Jeremy came about to this initiative here: http://youtu.be/04SEzifEsGg
And more about this year’s initiative here:
Jeremy’s vision is of bringing a global focus, to bring attention to our interdependence, to bring at least one day of intentional focus on Peace. We can ALL join in whatever way or form we wish, at very least to take some minutes in this day to consider and contemplate this theme.www.peaceoneday.org
Peace, in my thinking, is not something that is only about ending the world wars and fighting, but also about how we are inside ourselves, in our relationships, our working places and everyday life. I do heart-fully believe that each one of us can, and all of us do, contribute to Peace on our planet. To say ‘I can't do anything’ is a cop-out and, in my view, a contribution to war and unrest. At the very least, we each can take time and space to contemplate the war/peace within ourselves. Perhaps to recognise how interrelated we all are, and to realise how or what our heart is inspiring us to contribute – within and without.
Therefore, as my constructive contribution on this Global Truce day on 21st September, 2012, I am hosting a meditation for friends, with Carlos Habig www.sound-diving.de playing his Sound-Diving instruments to complement and deepen the experience. I am inviting a relaxed communication space afterwards for whoever wishes to say what may have arisen in their meditation - an insight, vision or perhaps a new understanding.
My deeper wish for this day/life is for us all to engage in dialogue about peace on all levels of society - from within ourselves, our relationships, our schools, our communities as well as the more obvious levels of religions and countries. We do all make a difference. Choosing peace is a conscious choice we each need to make, each moment, each day.
My question and invitation to anyone reading this is …what are you going to contribute?
Ah … and I wish to finish off with two of my most favourite heart-touching songs of all time on the topic of Peace … John Lennon …
With love and sincere wishes & action for Peace … Kira
Come And Join Me ....
"The Sound Of One Hand Clapping"
Benefit Concert (free entry)
on 12-9-12 @ Passionskirche, Berlin @ 20.00 hr.
An evening of inspiration ...music, poetry, interesting people
& information about Hands-with-Hands projects in Nepal.
In 2008, my friend Dagmar had an inspiration, to bring onto the stage her speaking of poetry (Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke) accompanied by complimentary music. As she went to bring this into reality she realised that she did not want to do this just for herself, and thus came the inspiration to make it a benefit concert to support my projects in Nepal. www.handswithhands.com
This is now the 5th year of this event, and I have enjoyed being a part of the evolution. I particularly enjoy the natural space of giving and receiving that this event creates – the artists giving their talents; the audience receiving excellent music/poetry/creativity; the artists experiencing being received by the audience; the audience giving their attention; everyone giving some donation to Hands-with-Hands project initiatives; the people in Nepal receiving and benefiting from the gifts and the attentions; the projects and people in Nepal giving their gifts onwards in their participation; we all receiving the uplift out of poverty of women, children and whole families.
I love that one person following her heart and passion can have such a wider effect ... if you have time on 12th September, 2012 at 20.00 hr then come and join and celebrate with us. Give of your time and receive a wonderful gift ...
With love and appreciation for Dagmar Marth's creation ... http://www.dagmar-marth.de/
A Call To All Women … A Follow Up!
Several months ago I wrote an article inviting all women to shrug off our outdated beliefs and expectations of ourselves and others to truly 'be' the natural born woman that we are!· (http://www.kirakay.com/natural-born-woman.html) As we uncover our natural self, when we listen to our inner truth and have the courage to live from this place, it does make a difference in our own lives and the world in which we live - this note is a follow on and a personal request to join me!
I was recently listening to a discussion talk by women leaders in Australia, one comment towards the end was: " we women need to support one another, not work against each other – even if we don't agree with what our sister says, how can we still be of support? "
This statement deeply resonated with me. ·And the last few days have evolved into fresh creative ideas of collaboration with women. I do feel that if we meet together, and support one another to be clearer, then it is a contribution for all of us. Here are my creative suggestions for us all:
1. As a personal initiative, I open my home here in Berlin on the last Monday of the month (the first date will be Jan 30th, 2012) as a gathering space for women who wish to inspire and be inspired in a supportive environment. My vision is simply to gather alive, strong women who have a conscious intention to be of support with one another, this will naturally create an interactive dialogue – either as a whole group or clusters or both! Plus having space to naturally cuddle, chatter and nourish one another! This is not a workshop or seminar, simply an open space for women to consciously come together in mutual support. (please RSVP if you intend to join so that I can send you details of time/location)
2. I invite my women friends in other cities about the world to start a similar initiative - perhaps then we can even link up via Skype? Plus making it easier to visit with one another and connect/network.
3. I am initiating an interactive women's website forum where we can discuss and chat about the themes and issues that often relate to us specially – for example, how to be yourself and include your emotions in a boardroom of men?; how to be true to your inner integrity when faced with a barrage of 'reasonable' arguments or requests? How can we be more comfortable and alive in our body, our sexuality? How can I care for my breasts?; How can I be true to my vulnerability and be strong? And – I am sure there are hundreds (thousands?!) of other themes to be explored together! ·Plus, this can be a place where we can share inspiring talks, stories, initiatives ... more will come about this in the next weeks as it naturally, and organically, unfolds!
4. For the men in our lives – here in Berlin there is an ongoing men's gathering (contact me directly for details), plus, I encourage you all to initiate your own support groups too, in whichever city of the world you are!
In general, I feel it so helpful and synergistic to be coming together more often. When we meet up with a clear intent of supporting one another so much more creativity and potential can be unleashed. It supports each one of us to become more free and alive. Plus in this time when the world situation is in such a change and transition, it can be of real help when we meet together as natural and simple steps can evolve out of our meeting times.
I look forward to meeting many of you sometime soon!
With love, Kira
Goodbye 2011 … Welcome 2012 & Onwards!
For me personally, 2011 has been a year of reflection and re-alignment. As I write this short note, back once more in Berlin, it is New Years Eve, and I find myself reflecting on the past year – feeling immensely thankful. Grateful to myself for having the courage to keep following my inner convictions and grateful to so many other people in the world that have crossed my path this year and inspired me. Every time I meet, or hear/see someone who is following their heart and inner truth it acts as a catalyst for my own next steps. Deepening my own dedication to living from my deeper intuition and heart.
While in Australia I was interviewed by Richard Miller – it was a sweet meeting and an opportunity for me to communicate in a different way, I trust you will enjoy the viewing here:
What will 2012 bring? Ah, some more expansion and adventures I am sure!
I will be open to increasing collaboration in all aspects of my life – which is already starting even as the last year slides on by … the general chaos in the world (economic, political, environmental) will give most of us plenty of opportunity to grow, expand and be open to experiences past our normal paradigms!
May we all widely, and perhaps wildly (?!?) explore new options and opportunities that can bring about evolution on both personal and community levels.
With love, Kira
On the Occupy Wall Street Protests...
For several years now I have commented on the unhealthy state of our economic (& political) systems. However, I have not rested on the assumption that 'naming' what is unhealthy is enough. During the last several years I have immersed myself into exploring what can be possible positive options for us to extend into, individually and collectively. This includes very practical ways as well as in our attitudes, beliefs and general consciousness.
I heart-fully agree that we have some major and fundamental flaws in our current economic system. I also am a big advocate of bringing more awareness to these flaws and the consequent inequalities that it contributes to on a global basis. I personally consider that we need to have some major overhauls to our financial and global trade system and agreements.
However, I am not a supporter of simply saying 'down with Wall Street, the big Banks and the Politicians' and essentially complaining about the banking system and big business as if it is some entity in its own right. I don't see this as being helpful for constructive changes. Instead, lets be agents of change and support the transformation of these organisations into healthier action.
Protesting can have its place to bring about awareness – yes I do agree with this. But I do not see it as a helpful end in itself – in fact taken to extremes I see it being more destructive than helpful. Trying to build healthy oriented institutions in the midst of civil unrest is much harder than making constructive changes while communications and basic systems are in place. (I have personal experience of this having worked now in Nepal the last ten years, amidst civil unrest and currently still unresolved political systems) I am not saying to not protest – simply, please, be aware of the bigger picture and what is contributing, or not, to it. Personally, I consider many other ways as being a lot more effective and constructive. To continue the constructive point of view I make these suggestions:
Where and how we put and use our own money DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
1. We have power with how we choose to spend and use our own funds – choose to have your banking in ethical & sustainable banking that is community responsible. For example, I have my banking with Triodos bank (www.triodos.com) and GLS bank (www.gls.de) and am currently changing over my Australian funds to Mecu Bank (www.bankmecu.com.au). There are many more healthily oriented sustainable banks and savings & credit cooperatives around the world – for more healthy banking options here is a list below, although there are many more that I have not listed here, at least this can be a starting point:
1. Triodos Bank, Zeist, The Netherlands (also based in the UK, Belgium, Germany and Spain)
2. Co-operative Bank, United Kingdom
3. Reliance Bank, United Kingdom
4. ShoreBank, USA
5. RSF Social Finance, San Francisco and New York, USA
6. Cultura Bank, Norway
7. GLS bank, Germany
8. EthikBank, Germany
9. MagNet Community Bank, Hungary
10. JAK members bank, Sweden, interest-free bank
11. Citizens Bank, Canada
12. Crédit coopératif and NEF, France
13. The Alternative Bank Schweiz, Switzerland
14. Banca Etica, Italy
15. Umweltbank, Germany
16. BankMecu, Australia
2. The big corporations exist because we have supported them to exist. They do not exist because a small percentage simply created them – we have all contributed and are still contributing! Another way to make a difference is to look at your consumption – what do you buy, and do you choose to buy 'cheap' from the bigger corporations? It can help the whole system to be more conscious of what and where you buy – if there is not demand, there will not be supply. Additionally, we can be constructive as consumers in their transformation into more responsible product and service providers.
This short animated video gives a great insight to 'stuff' we buy and the consequences:
3. There are different business models that are newly in existence that can address some of the inherent problems of the current capitalistic orientation. Check out the 'Social Business' model advocated and implemented by Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace prize winner 2006). This model can bring about some healthy and constructive changes, especially to essential services that deal with our basic survival needs. I am actively involved in social businesses, both investing in and initiating them. As I believe this can support healthy infrastructure of both energy, financial and service flows in communities.
We can each be agents of change by talking about, advocating and initiating these ideas – in our workplaces, over coffee in staff-rooms, integrating additional material into our classes (for teachers/professors).
4. We vote for our politicians and they make the policies that affect our economic situation – we can make different choices and consequently demand more transparency in our political leaders. In world affairs of trade, food availability is affected strongly by the bigger global political players – especially from our 'A' class countries, giving us the luxury of full supermarkets containing a wide variety of choice, yet leaving developing countries in states of famine or high inflation making essential food costs exorbitant.
In general, if we consider the basic premise that we are all interrelated, every human being, animal, plant – entire environment – then it can be much easier to consider a bigger picture that can be fundamentally healthier and compassionate. I will write more on this soon!
For now, I wish you well in exploring healthier banking and business systems,
With love, Kira
Inspiring Talks From People ‘Living’ a Difference ...
I have recently written about the changing gender roles and a 'call to all women') to (www.kirakay.com/natural-born-woman) explore and expand into our full potential as women (and men!). In support of this I have collected a variety of talks that can be inspiring and encouraging. They can be helpful to review and reflect upon your current beliefs and attitudes to evaluate if they still reflect who you really are. What I like about each of these talks is they are real people, living their lives and sharing from their own experiences, not 'talking about' but actually living their own changes ... Enjoy these inspirations ...
From Women ...
An Inspiring and different view on women in business/education by Hanna Rosin
A talk by an innovative and different woman view from India – Kiran Bedi
Two women in financial business in Iceland – and their success by staying true to feminine principles and their survival in the economical crisis
Kavita Ramdas talks about inspiring women making a difference in their own countries amidst obstacles and following their heart ...
Kiran Bir talks about 'I can' infection ....
On dressing/consumption and dressing 'you', dress up with a difference & fun!
From Men ...
Tony Porter: A call to men: An uplifting talk from a Man about how not to stay limited in the 'man box'
Men creating their spaces, makes sense ;-) us women do often 'take over' the house for us & children!
Inspiring Women For Peace In Their Communities
As I write this, I am sitting on a roof-top in Kathmandu, Nepal, the full moon is rising over the mountains, the teeming city noise below … feeling immensely grateful for my life and the wide variety of experiences I have had (and am still having!).
The last few weeks have been rich with a variety of world news - I felt deeply moved and inspired by the recent announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to three amazing, powerful women – women who have dedicated their lives to bringing about peace in their country. Ordinary, magnificent women, each with a different story, each with a passion, each one having chosen to walk a positive path and make a significant difference in their community. Each of these women have faced, and still do, complex and challenging situations – yet they choose to make a difference.
Here are some links to various talks by these three inspiring women:
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
No matter our life situation, no matter how ‘difficult’ it might be – we can, each one of us, make a difference. We all have our ‘story’, and we can all be an inspiration for each other – we can each be that helping hand and encouragement to take next steps. Remembering that each one of us will make different steps. The wonderful myriad of different life experiences all contribute to the whole colourful weave of life.
Today I was reflecting on my own life path and the steps I have made along the way. I felt grateful, deeply grateful for the courage that I have had to over and over trust my heart and step forward. Often I have felt uncertain and at times downright scared! Yet some inner guidance and drive has always kept me taking one step at a time. I heart-fully encourage each of you reading this to follow your heart, to embrace courage in your own life, to step out of the limited paradigms and blossom into your unique potential
We don’t need to find a ‘cause’ – we have opportunities in our daily lives, in our communities, in our workplaces. It is up to us to both see them and respond. We have so much to gain and so little to lose!
Happy embracing your own courage!
With love, Kira
A world in which there are no secrets
This is something I have frequently contemplated and talked about. I consider it a fact that we
can all ‘read’ each other, situations and our environment all the time. However, it can be simply
stated that our conditioning of beliefs and attitudes does not support this view!
Think about it for a moment – how would it really be if we did not have to hide or pretend to be
someone we are not? If everyone knew our deepest shames, discomforts but also our visions,
insights and joys. If we all could know each other’s pain and hurts, and, consequently feeling of
empathy with each other. What might our world look like? If politicians and businesses did not
lie because we would already know the real situation. If we truly lived in a transparent world where
the unity and connectedness between every living (& non living!) thing was simply apparent.
I hypothesise we would have a different living reality here on planet earth! Imagine if all the
energy we use in dishonesty, in hiding, in being ashamed, in blaming others, judging and
comparing ourselves, was instead directed towards helpful creative possibilities – wow …. I
enjoy considering what that might look like ;-)
So it was with great delight I stumbled across a talk by scientist Michael Persinger, a cognitive
neuroscience researcher and university professor, entitled ‘No more secrets’ discussing exactly
this topic from a science perspective and presenting a range of experiments and conclusions
from studies in the parapsychology area.
This link will lead you to Michael Persinger’s talk:
In my own personal and professional life I frequently have experiences that I cannot technically
explain. How can I know something about a person I have never met, never seen, never heard
about – yet be able to speak about their life with intimate detail? I don’t spend so much time
‘trying’ to understand and have accepted long ago that I have developed the knack; the practice
to ‘read’ more simply what is already all here. It is completely ordinary in an extraordinary way.
I encourage each of you reading to practice for yourselves – play with the idea that you can,
right now, read more of what is going on around you … try it out!
With love & an uplifted feeling in this moment … Kira