BK2HK 2016 … Shave OR a Haircut …

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
~14th Dalai Lama

August. We know it’s hot. We know it’s humid. School is back in session, which means the morning commute is much more hectic.
August. It doesn’t sound like a very kind month, does it???

Well, IT is a kind month. And, here is where we explain ….. for the 4th year…. why it is so. Here are 3 examples of what this trait can accomplish.

First and foremost, it’s time to celebrate “Be Kind to Humankind Week”, also know as, bk2hk! Started in 1988 by Lorraine Jara from Toms River, New Jersey. This week was created to promote acts of kindness performed by peeps … to other peeps … all over the globe. It’s like one big kindness fest with a different theme each day, so take a look at the website, which will be listed below, and get that “kindness groove” moving on!!

ARE YOU READY????????? “Be Kind to Humankind Week” is August 25-31st, so we’re giving you advance notice to plan your kindness attacks!!!

Now, onto our second example ….. Saint Baldrick’s Foundation!!! Primarily fueled by volunteers, this not-for-profit organization is raising money to conquer childhood cancer. Their main fundraiser is their head-shaving events … they are actually called “the crazy head-shaving people” because they are crazy enough to think that this head shaving thing can raise enough money to help research and find cures for childhood cancer.

Their challenge ……. BRAVE THE SHAVE!!!!!!!!!

Are you willing to take the challenge???

Well ….. looks like we have a place for you!!!

Here is our third example ….. takin’ it local, ya’ll, because that’s what we do. The Chop Shop hosts a Saint Baldrick’s head shaving event every March for the last few years. Owner, Mike Platow, and his team of stylists set up shop on Main Street with clippers ready for anyone who is ready to “BRAVE THE SHAVE”, and to donate to Saint Baldrick’s. They are the “crazy head-shavers” who help to raise money for childhood cancer. We salute The Chop Shop and how they promote kindness by giving back.

 

Pictured: (left to right) Rhodie, Amber, Suzie, Tammy, Tiana ….. our 2016 example of what it really means to be kind to humankind.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Be Kind To Humankind Week
http://www.bk2hk.org

Saint Baldrick’s Foundatiom
http://www.stbalricks.org

The Chop Shop
Facebook: Thechopshop727

 

 

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

BK2HK…Friday…

Chokyn...bk2hkIt’s “Be Kind To Human Kind” Week…it’s Friday. We have two more important kindness messages for you. These may require a bit more work on your part, but rest assured, you’ll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off you…you’ll have a bounce in your step…you’ll be happier.

Today’s theme: Forgive Your Foe Friday…

Supporting “BK2HK” is Kelsang Chokyan, Resident Teacher of Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center. He teaches methods to help calm the mind through meditation. Breathe in…kindness and compassion. Breathe out…anger and unforgiveness. It sounds simple, but most of the time, it’s not. But, with practice and intention, letting go of grudges can be achieved.

What can you do today???
You are what you think. Try to practice kind forgiving thoughts rather than hateful or angry thoughts.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness
~Dalai Lama

http://www.bk2hk.org
Decide to be kind.

Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center
***Everyone is welcome***
201 6th Ave. South
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
727-797-9770
813-669-4177
http://www.info@MeditationTampaBay.org

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas
http://www.irubdeadfish@Etsy.com

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…