This month is all about remembering to treat each other fairly and equally.
Universal Human Rights Month
10 December 1948 marked the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
How can you show kindness to others this month?
The little things we do for others could change the world.
Swedish donors receive text messages with thank you every time their blood saves lives.
Take a moment of your day to put a smile on someone’s face.
Here are 10 kind gestures.
- Buy a warm meal for someone. At the Gut Academy we have teamed with local not for profits and for every course / program we sell we donate a nourishing meal to a child in need.
- Donate books to a reading room or start a free street library.
- Give an unexpected compliment to a stranger.
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbour or surprise them by mowing the lawn or putting out the trash bins.
- Join a virtual group and reach out to help with a positive uplifting message.
- Organise a clothing drive for those in need.
- Deliver food hampers to those in need.
- Strike up a chat with a person who looks down or lonely.
- Take a minute to direct someone who is lost.
- Write a ‘thank you’ letter to someone who helped you.
When is the last time you’ve done someone a small kindness?
Make today that day.
Month of Giving
As the name suggests, December is also a month for giving to others—whether by joining a volunteer initiative, donating to those in need or passing on pre-loved and unused items and December handmade gifts – don’t forget to share bottles of gut -loving fermented goodness.
In Sweden, you can find the WALL OF KINDNESS. People can hang up their old coats (or new ones) and the sign says “Take a jacket if you are in need” Every city should have one of these.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2018, Melbourne (Australia) gave 70,000 trees email addresses so that peeps could report problems with them. Instead, the trees received love letters.
Thai supermarkets get rid of plastic bags and pack purchases in banana leaves. Banana leaves make great paper plate alternatives for your December picnics.
Operation Santa Paws
This month is also about recognizing the value animals and pets add to our lives, but also raising awareness for the many that end up in shelters after Christmas, as people underestimate the responsibility of caring for a pet.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Netherlands became the first country without stray dogs.
California restricts the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in stores, so people can remove pets from shelters.
German circuses use holograms instead of animals to stop the exploitation of animals in circuses.
10 Easy ways to help out…
- Become a pet foster parent. There’s not much that can melt a 💖 quite like an animal.
- Check the wish list at your local pet shelter and donate a gift or 2
- Volunteer to be a kennel or cattery hand
- Offer to walk or groom the animals
- Collect and donate items to the shelter
- Adopt a pet
- Say thanks to the staff – drop off lunch or cookies
- Share adoption profiles on social media
- Throwing a party – check the wish list and add to your party invite + add a jar, perhaps next to the drink station for raising money
Be kind to you!
Self-care sets you up to be your best self-for you and for the peeps around you.
The Moon reminds us that universal energy is a constant ebb and flow.
It’s okay to slow down at times and ride high at other times. What are the tiny-but-good things in your life that you need to pay more attention to?
What are the small stresses and niggles you should kick to the kerb, starting today?
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking. It’s trust is not in the branch, but in its own wings.
DID YOU KNOW?
One April day in 1930, the BBC reported, ‘There is no news’. Instead, they played piano music.
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” Terry Pratchett
“First sign of civilization is Caring for Another Human being”. I just love that quote, dear Margaret Reid.
The mother wound is the beliefs + unresolved trauma we inherit from our mother (that she’s inherited from her mother.)
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” Audrey Hepburn
It’s generational. As mama’s we are not superhero’s, we are humans.
And how they feel about themselves impacts how they speak to us as children, the beliefs they have, + ultimately this will become how we feel about ourselves.
Many of us develop false beliefs from our mother wound, that reflect generations of pain.
Your existence itself is a miracle.
The odds of you existing are 1 in a billion.
You were given this life and this chance to experience it to the fullest, so tap into the full power of the magic within you.
Live from possibility and never let anyone dull your magic with their limited thinking.
I teach— I am not an expert. I’m a student. Talking about what I discover on my journey.
I have formal credentials, + they mean I spent time in school. I know they reflect little about how I actually embody this work. I know embodiment is the true teacher.
I get wrapped up in my own insecurities. I question myself. I get lost in a reaction to my own emotions. I lose touch with my true self + project my pain onto people I love.
I practice forgiving myself.
What I think and believe is a choice.
The truth is all of us are working through pain, rejection, heartbreak, abandonment, self betrayal.
We are all hiding from parts of ourselves.
We often wish someone could rescue us from ourselves.
We all have thoughts that seem scary & overwhelming
It’s about channelling love, passion, hope, joy, creativity, and care, rather than making your choices based on fear, anger, despair, or someone else’s opinion.
We assume there is a person out there who has it all figured out.
Wouldn’t it be boring if we all shared the same opinion? It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. Respect all of them and be kind to one another.
Learn to see things from different perspectives. Never limit yourself to just one point of view.
“Many illnesses can be cured by the one medicine of love and compassion” Dalai Lama
Kindness is a selfless act that can leads to miracles – ones often born from compassion, and reminding us of what it means to be human. Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle summed up kindness “helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person”.
He knew the secret to life is found in the cockles of the heart.
Kindness can breed everyday miracles…
A Christmas Miracle
The Christmas Truce of 1914 is one of the most interesting events that occurred during World War I. In the midst of war and fighting, soldiers along the western front in France, stopped fighting in an unofficial cease fire on Christmas Eve.
Soldiers from each side met and talked to each other. They gave each other gifts, shared food, sang Christmas carols, exchanged prisoners, helped bury the dead, and even played a game of football with each other.
In an attempt to stop the truces and communication with the German soldiers, British High Command issued a made up warning (a porky pie) to officers that the Germans were going to attack on Christmas.
The ceasefire was a Christmas miracle, and while it didn’t end World War 1, it showed how camaraderie in the face of devastation can bring peace, even during the darkest moments of history.
You + Me + My Secret Tool = A Love Story 💖
Lynnie helps women at midlife with poor self image to get their healthy mind and body back & rock the second half.
Goddesses required for Women’s 12 month Circle
This is the space for you if you are ready to breakthrough the blocks holding you back, and reclaim your sensuality.
• Through our senses. Your senses are your connection.
• What I teach inside The Gut Academy Create is unlike anything you’ve experienced before, and I break down so many complex topics into a simple and effective way that will allow you to learn to feel again!
• Learn how to become a woman who is turned on by being herself.
A woman who takes pleasure in her senses, who takes pleasure in her body and life.
A woman who puts her pleasure first. A woman who is erotic, powerful and fierce. Let’s CREATE her together!
It’s never too late to CREATE
Say yes to what lights you up. Say no to what weighs you down. Let your life’s path be guided by the truest compass there is – YOU.