Archive for the ‘Kindness’ Category

Why are we here?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Deer and Tree at Sunrise-v.1








We did not come here
to this planet of deep mystery
to fix what we think is wrong

We did not come here to suffer
though surely we can do so

We came here to look at the stars
and remember where we came from

We came here to look into each other’s eyes
and see ourselves

We came here to thank the flowers
for showing us that we are blossoms, too

We came here to Love

Drama grows like weeds
in a world of duality
so we root ourselves in oneness. . .
which is acknowledging
who we really are

Love is always On Time

Three Days of Love Pledge – December 20-22, 2012

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

We have signed the THREE DAYS OF LOVE Pledge created by the Shift Network and

The Pledge says “I commit to share words and actions of love on December 20, 21, and 22, 2012.”

Will you join us and please share with others?

>>Update June 2013 – I plan to suggest to Birth2012 folks that they change the wording and continue on with the Love Pledge. “We/I commit to share words and action of love everyday.”, perhaps? Their page is still up and the link below works.  ~ Lisa

From – Hearts - original painting by Jim Papp

“We are delighted to be launching an exciting global initiative with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Barbara Marx Hubbard, don Miguel Ruiz, Michael Beckwith, Shiva Rea, and many other luminaries today.

It’s an experiment in creating a global movement of the heart to begin a new era with love, generosity, and kindness.

We invite you to join this “love movement” by personally committing to sharing words and actions of love for three days, from December 20 – 22. 

Imagine what will happen if people around the world commit to this: amazing acts of friendship, random gifts, hugs from strangers – we can remember ourselves as one human family!

So if you’ve been wondering what one thing you can do to make a difference, this is a potent and fun one.

Get details and sign your name to the pledge here: Three Days of Love”

Thanks for signing and sharing!

~ Love, Jim and Lisa

~ Art: “Two Hearts Beat As One” by Jim Papp


Why Kindness?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Celebrate Kindness Hosts Jim and Lisa Papp with Emcee Deb Slater

There may be nothing on Earth each of us wants more from others than Kindness!

I was recently thinking about the Celebrate Kindness! free community event Lisa and I hosted in our town of Bellingham, Washington last July 23, 2011. We have discussed whether or not we would host another Kindness event in 2012. We planned the 2011 event to coincide with a talk I gave entitled “Why Kindness?” inside Village Books in Bellingham. We don’t necessarily think we’ll host regular Kindness events, but rather, we wanted to highlight the importance of being kind everyday…kind to yourself, kind to others, and kind to the earth.

Here’s a recap of that July 2011 event…

We rented the beautiful public outdoor park/community space called the Fairhaven Village Green right outside Village Books. I gave a short talk on Kindness. You can watch a video of my talk on the home page of this site.

We were happy to have a great group of people presenting at the event and helping behind the scenes:

  • Robert Bates, our fun and very talented teacher of  Qigong (“chee gung” – easy Tai Chi), led a Qigong demo showing how you can be kind to yourself by reducing stress and staying healthy with this simple, easy-to-learn and very beneficial practice. Qigong can boost your immune system, help reduce blood pressure, and may help prevent against everything from colds to cancer. Robert’s website includes many free videos and blog posts on Qigong practices and his class schedule: .  He also has two Qigong DVDs for sale which are both available at Village Books or from him…Fun With Qigong – Five Flows Set and Fun With Qigong – Delightful Dozen.

Celebrate Kindness attendees doing Qigong with Robert Bates, Qigong teacher

  • KVOS’ Marla Bronstein shared “Gimme a Minute … on Gratitude”.
  • Zoe Schackel, 2010 Bellingham Battle of the Bands winner, sang.
  • Deb Slater, host of “Community Extra” on KVOS TV, was our fabulous emcee:
  • Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike helped us welcome people and spoke about how fortunate we are to live in an area with so many kind people, companies, non-profits, and government agencies.
  • Audience members shared the mic to tell stories of acts of kindness they performed or had observed. We heard great stories about kind neighbors, kind strangers, people giving up a seat on the bus, and other nice stories.
  • Participants helped make paper chains of kindness. Thanks to for the inspiration.



Paper chain of kindness


  • Lisa had a lot of help creating and managing the event. Thank you to fabulous Bellingham/Whatcom County event planner Cantrice Hiler (contact:, John Palmer, Bob Ridgely for sound (, James Bauckman and Kyle of Revolutionary Productions filmed the event (, and Copy Source helped with flyer and sign printing (

How can you be kind to someone today? Don’t forget to also be kind to yourself and to the Earth!

We would love to hear from you. Please share your stories of kindness. (Comment section at the bottom of this post.)

We also had fun giving away gifts from our generous and kind sponsors:

  • Delicious, healthy, and kind-to-your-body Goodies (Breakfast Cookies, Brownies, Granola) from Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods in a reusable Erin Baker’s shopping bag –

  • Personal Training Session with Patti Guarino, ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist, at her private training studio in Fairhaven –

  • Gift certificate for a hair cut and “kind to you and the Earth” Loma hair and body products from Hair With Julie. Julie Hiler is at Tropix Salon in Fairhaven –

  • Buethorn Watercolor Studio – Bellingham artist Candance Buethorn’s beautiful watercolor prints on gift cards, a mug,  and a journal.

  • KIND Healthy Snacks  provided us with boxes and boxes of yummy and healthy KIND Bars to give out.





  • Do-it-yourself Henna Art “Tattoo” Kit from Jamie Olson –
  • Robert Bates – Fun with Qigong Five Flows Set DVDs and our Inquire Within books were given away.

How can you be kind to someone today? Don’t forget to also be kind to yourself and to the Earth.

We would love to hear from you. Please share your stories of kindness here…

A Day of Introspection

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Some days are good days to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of our busy, worldy routines and stay at home.  Taking this time out from the social side of life gives us time to catch our breath, to find stillness and reflect.

It is useful to review the consequences of our actions – whether intentional or unintentional.  As we work to create harmony in life it helps to be aware of what we are doing.  Realizing the consequences of our actions we can forgive ourselves for things we have said or done which have caused stress or hurt to others.

A day of introspection gives us space to courageously, gently, lovingly peer into ourselves.  We can view and appreciate the good we have done and acknowledge and forgive ourselves for any words or actions which do not honor us.    We can light a candle, make an offering, ask for forgiveness, receive forgiveness.

Viewing the consequences of our actions through the lens of forgiveness dissipates discord, giving our natural state of harmony opportunity to reappear.  Our thoughts and intentions (good, bad, and indifferent) emanate into the world around us; what we send to ourselves and others is real and has a real affect.  Taking periodic quiet time to review helps us better serve our lives and the lives of those around us.

Why Kindness?

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

There may be nothing on Earth each of us wants more from others than kindness. When all is said and done, it is our greatest measure of a fellow human being.  We may look past what we consider to be great flaws and foibles when kindness resides in the heart of another.  The saying “His heart was in the right place” tells us this noble truth.

I really like what His Holiness the Dalai Lama says when he is asked to describe his philosophy of living and the basic essence of Buddhism.  His eminently thoughtful perspective is well worth contemplating and practicing.  It is paraphrased as follows:

Each of us was born and each of us will die.  Each of us has suffered and each of us wants to be happy.  We are not so different from each other.  Really, we are the same.  Therefore let us be kind to one another, let us be tolerant of one another, let us be compassionate toward one another, and let us be respectful of all life.[1] Let us try to help one another and, if we are not able to help one another, then let us at least not hurt one another.[2]

This profound message of acceptance transcends spirituality and applies to all of us at a most basic, fundamental level.  One does not have to be religious or spiritual in order to understand and practice the path of kindness.   Yet kindness is a cornerstone of basic spiritual practice as well as basic human decency. 

Each of us depends on others in order to live.  Nearly all of us rely on others to provide basic functions such as growing our food, building our home, and making our clothing.  Other people are very important to us.  If we rely so heavily on other people, it is logical to be nice to them and to accept them as they are.[3]

[1] H.H. Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler, The Art of Happiness, A Handbook for Living (London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1998).

[2] H.H. Dalai Lama , Overcoming Differences (Parabola, The Magazine of Myth and Tradition, Winter 1991).

[3] H.H. Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler, The Art of Happiness, A Handbook for Living (London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1998).