The Power of Kindness
9:00-9:15 Coffee and
Each woman explains what she has
brought that embodies kindness to her. It may be a poem, a
picture of someone, a gift, a book or simply a word or saying written
on a piece of paper. Each item will be placed on the altar.
Kindness Is -- and Isn't -- and Why We All Need It
This talk will walk through the
different facets of kindness: observation, empathy, empowerment and
action. Using a series of true kindness stories, quotes, poems
and songs we'll see just how powerful kindness can be. The talk
will include myths about kindness and why they aren't true. The
session ends with a guided ten-minute introspection about kindness.
10:45-11:00 The Benefits of Kindness
This session will cover the scientific,
proven benefits to being kind,
from the book The Healing
Power of Doing Good by Allan Luks and The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy
People (What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It) by
David Niven, Ph.D.
Each participant will make four cards
or notes for four people in their lives that they will give to them
sometime in the following week. The cards will say whatever needs
to be said: thank-you, I love you, you’re special or any other message
that person specifically needs to hear from you.
and Buddhism -- Fiona Barner
The Dalai Lama has said that kindness
is his religion. Fiona will talk about the role of kindness in
Opening Exercises and The Metta Meditation with Jackie Long
What is my greatest barrier to
What can I do about it?
Brainstorm about ways for you, your kids, and your family to
Presentation of the Small Group Answers
Big Sister, Grace
This talk will be about the harder
path: being kind in the face of
darkness, forgiveness, and the kindness of Christ.
Each person will take time alone to
write notes to themselves about
things they could do in the coming week to bring more kindness into
their lives, review the day, pray or meditate.