365 Kindness: Year 1, Day 78 - Guest Post, Kendra
I am excited to feature another person for this 365 Kindness project! If you are new to this project, I do my best to find someone who spreads Kindness, empowerment or inspiration in what they do and then feature them here on my website. I usually do this once a week.
I do my best to feature people from a wide range of backgrounds and professions because I believe kindness, empowerment and inspiration are present everywhere.
Today I am going to be featuring Kendra from Surprise Your spirit. I will let her introduce herself below!
Kendra is a natural born Intuitive Reader, Energy Healer, Spiritual Coach/Mentor and Radio Show Host/Producer. Kendra also has an extensive background in healthcare and is on Faculty at the college that teaches her medical profession in the province that she resides in. Kendra loves to share her connection with the Universe with others in order to help people fiercely become more of their authentic self. Kendra believes in the importance of unconditional love and acceptance of others no matter what part of the journey they are on. She teaches workshops on many different topics related to Spirituality, Energy and all things New Age. Kendra also does one on one Spiritual Coaching with individuals who are delving into their spiritual journey.Kendra also offers private intuitive readings and energy healing services.
More about Kendra and what she does can be found at the following places:
kendra@surpriseyourspirit On Twitter
What does the word/sentiment of Kindness mean to you?
Kindness is an act, intention or gesture that is extended from the heart. It encompasses empathy and compassion for another without judgement. For me personally, Kindness is the ability to accept - which means without judgement, others for who they are and for where they are at on their journey regardless of their choices and lifestye; this is one of the greatest acts of kindness any one person can ever extend to another human being.
I have learned over the years the importance of treating others how I would like to be treated in any given situation. I am human and I do sometimes act irrationally as I'm not perfect, but I am very dedicated to doing self-reflection and improving my reactions. I also have learned that it is so important to extend kindness to one's-self first and foremost in order to extend genuine kindness to others. If we can not be kind to ourselves we can not truly extend kindness to another. Some people may disagree with what I share next and that's ok, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I am explaining from a very spiritual standpoint. We must learn that there is a difference in a superficial "act of kindness" and a heartfelt "extension of kindness".For example, I can give a homeless person money because it's the right thing to do with no other thought or feeling connected to it because society and my upbringing says so; this would be a superficial act of kindness. I can extend kindness to a homeless person by giving them money because I feel compassion for them and am able to connect with the fact that they are human and are entitled to feel seen, heard, loved and cared about. Remember, you can extend an act of kindness where you are driven by superficial morals and values but follow through because you connect from a place in the heart.
I guess, what I am trying to say is that kindness is an awareness and we need to consciously tap into why we are doing things. Acts may be labelled "kind" but in my opinion if there is no heartfelt intention behind an act of kindness then it is really not kindness at all.
What do you do to implement Kindness in your life and/or How has Kindness affected you (ex: in your life, job. relationships, day to day life etc.)
***Please note that for this questions the person/project who is being featured was told they could pick one part of this question or answer more than one/all of the parts of this question.
I try my best to make people feel like they matter. I like to do little things for people when I can to let them know that someone cares about them. I make it my mission to extend kindness every day even if it is as little as smiling at a stranger. I know how much it means to me to receive extensions of kindness reminding me that I matter and so I try to do that as often as I can. Also, with being so connected and acquainted with energy, I find it part of my nature to do things for people that I know they will value. I also have the awareness, that knowing I add to other's lives adds to my own in return. This is a conversation you and should have on my radio show Maya, because it is so much more than this written answer. This is such a HUGE topic.
What do you do to share/increase kindness in the lives of people around or people you communicate with.
For me, teaching things that I know about Spirituality - remember, spirituality is NOT religion, helps me to help others to understand and accept themselves better. When people accept and love themselves, they automatically extend kindness to others naturally because they are not seeking co-dependent relationships for validation. Codependency usually causes A LOT of unnecessary drama. So, I guess, my goal is to help everyone and encourage everyone to do the healing work required in order to allow them to become the best most authentic versions of themselves that they can be and that naturally has an impact on others around them. There are really great tools out there to help us navigate life's challenges and one of life's biggest challenges is healing all the pain we experience.
What is one message you think the world currently needs to hear?
Worry less about others and focus more on the person you are trying to allow yourself to be. Remember that vulnerability is NOT a weakness, it is one of the greatest strengths we can have as a human being. Do not be afraid to share your stories of your trials and tribulations. People need to start sharing things they are facing because it helps others to know they are not alone. It helps others to see that they can make mistakes and continue forward and not allow those mistakes to define them. I'd also like people to know that vulnerability is the only way you can heal and is the only way you can grow because being vulnerable means you are exposing parts of yourself that are new and uncomfortable to people, places, situations or things that are new and uncomfortable.
Is there anything else in the realm of empowerment, inspiration or kindness you would like to share? (I.e something you read, something you wanted to add about what you do, a resource people can use in their struggles or journey’s, a piece of advice you think is essential to know, etc.)
Check out my podcasts that I produce over on BlogTalk Radio.
That's it for this Guest Post. Thank you Kendra for answering these questions and giving us your unique and wonderful view on kindness!
If you like what you read don't forget to visit you can find out more about Kendra and her work Here.
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Love and Light to you all and until tomorrow.
***Don’t forget! You can nominate someone or something for me to feature by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ! My goal is to feature someone at least once a week!