When I was young I heard a song played on a vinyl record, it was one of the first and only pop songs I remember from my childhood. 

The words of the song pulled at my heart, I must have listen to it so often I worried I would wear it out, it made me hope for a better world a different world from the one I lived in, it offered me hope if someone could write such beautiful words, maybe a beautiful world was possible, in many ways the words of Imagine by John Lennon, became the mantra of my life, always seeing out kindness, collaboration, a world without borders, or division.  I looked for that everywhere and in everyone, only to be disappointed time and again. 

Sadly that isn’t the world I or many of us grew up in, division, pain, fear, often causing great suffering.  A far cry from the world John had dreamt off. 

I was lucky enough however aged 19 to discover Buddhism and Yoga, and through the gentle yet powerful practises I was taught, I found ways to create the peace and love John had sung about so eloquently within myself.  

What I learnt enabled me to walk challenging paths throughout life, whilst keeping my heart open, and not get lost in pain, or being right, or over burdening myself with the need to help or rescue others.  

Of course many times I fell of the self kindness wagon, and found myself overwhelmed, exhausted, stretched like over-taut wire. On those times I had remind myself I was not perfect, we all struggle and we all make mistakes and to forgive myself.  To remember that I couldn’t change my past but I could alter my future.  And that the ripples of that could create a wave of kindness that reached everyone I met. 

Kindness has been the mantra of my life long story so it was an honour to be asked to be part of the Living Well With Kindness Family and build this wonderful event. 

I feel as if that little girl who sat on a bed with her socks rolled down to her ankles dreaming of a world that John Lennon sung about is being given the chance to create a tidal wave of love. 

I would love it if you would ride that wave with me. 

Join me on March 5th to listen in to the wisdom and kindness of our esteemed speakers, teachers, authors and my co-hosts Daniel Groom and Karen Atkinson or, if that day doesn’t work for you pick up the recording, sent out post event to all ticket holders. 

Kindness is a radical act, it’s brave, it fierce, it leans in to pain, and respects the needs of us all, it sees the common humanity in all wherever we are in the world and acknowledges we can’t all be perfect and loves us all anyway.  

In the meantime enjoy the words and John Lennon a hero of mine, perhaps together we can sow a few kindness seeds for him in his absence.  

Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us, only sky

Imagine all the people

Livin’ for today

Ah

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion, too

Imagine all the people

Livin’ life in peace

You

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world

You

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one