A joyful Naming Ceremony in Edinburgh: “Being kind to one another …”

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.

Amelia Earhart

I can’t believe it has only been a month since the normality of a joyful, room-packed Naming Ceremony in the heart of Edinburgh. I’ve been remiss at posting over the past month because it’s been – as it has for so many – a herculean few weeks transitioning to life in lockdown.

My heart goes out to those who are facing illness at this time, and to those who are shielding and unable to leave their homes. My thanks goes out to all the key and NHS workers who are doing their best to keep us all safe and well.

Just before the social distancing measures were in place, I was delighted to lead Rio’s naming and welcome-to-the-world ceremony at The Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh. It was such a joyful day. We even appointed a real life Fairy Godfamily!

As part of Rio’s ceremony, Rio’s mum, Kate, wanted there to be a beautiful ritual about giving back to others and to the planet. I think this sweet ritual feels even more poignant now, in the midst of global lockdown.

All the guests were invited to choose an act of kindness from one of three bowls – one for adults, one for children and one for babies. They could then choose to undertake their act of kindness at any time in their life going forward.

When the guests perform their act they were invited to consider the responsibility that all of us have in giving back and supporting others to pave the way for future generations. And how being kind is one of the simplest, most beautiful and least costly ways to make a difference in this world.

So, here’s to being kind to each other – and to ourselves – going forward. Wishing you all love and I hope you stay safe and well in the coming months x

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