If we want to truly change the culture of our country we need to begin having meaningful conversations. And so the theme of this tour is focused on listening and sharing. It’s not about everyone believing the same thing, but rather everyone respecting the beliefs of the other. “For all the violence to cease we must agree to disagree.” - Orly Wahba
Listening and sharing. That is the theme of the 6-week Kindness Boomerang Cross Country Tour spearheaded by our friend Orly Wahba, author of Kindness Boomerang and Founder of Life Vest Inside. In response to the rift in the United States, the Kindness Caravan seeks to inspire dialogue and connection.
Starting in Vancouver, Washington on October 29 and zigzagging across the country from West to East, so much kindness will be spread. Orly and her crew will engage in kindness talks in schools, participate in a Run for Kindness in Vancouver, visit Children’s Hospitals, and distribute Acts of Kindness cards along the way. Some 2,000 cards will be passed out from Vancouver to San Francisco. The crew will also be volunteering their time to provide meals for the homeless with the help of Meals on Wheels.
Although so much kindness and goodness has been planned and is about to be underway, there is still so much to do, and you can help! The crew hopes to distribute kindness books to teachers, pay it forward with random acts of kindness, and deliver joy and flower bouquets to senior homes. Join in the movement, and if you feel so inspired to do so, you can give to their Indiegogo campaign.
All the while, the experience will be documented to be made into a film showcasing the amazing, transformative moments that will certainly be shared, and of course, all the fun! If the Kindness Caravan is coming to your city, you do not want to miss them, but regardless, this is an opportunity to be a part of an incredible kindness boomerang - give a little kindness and it always comes back to you.
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
Cultivate Union creates beautiful by spreading the practice of yoga in the community. Yoga means union, and Cultivate Union fosters that union through sharing a practice of presence and healing. By encouraging change “from the inside out,” Cultivate Union contributes to positive social change in Atlanta, in the studio and beyond.
As a Giving Initiative partner, Cultivate Union and See Beautiful are a perfect match. Cultivate Union does a lot to share the benefits of yoga, like supporting trauma sensitive training for yoga teachers. But specifically the Giving Initiative funding will go toward placing teachers in yoga classes at City of Refuge. Homeless women, as well as women coming out of sex trafficking, will now have the opportunity to practice yoga for free. Hopefully, the will find peace, relaxation, and perhaps experience the healing power of the practice.
Rachelle Knowles, the Founder of Cultivate Union, shared these kind words about working with See Beautiful on the Giving Initiative:
Being a part of See Beautiful’s Giving Initiative was a huge honor because I knew that I was in good company. The best part was knowing that connecting my community to See Beautiful was knowing they would become repeat customers who are excited to support organizations doing good through their future purchases.
Many thanks to Cultivate Union, and all of the yoga teachers who share their gift of teaching through this organization.
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
See beautiful in yourself.