Kimaya Explores Love in New Non-Fiction Title
Love today is often measured by materialistic treasures, as evidenced by the increasing number of dollars spent to commemorate commercial holidays such as Valentine's Day.
Rather than looking to a pocket book for the meaning of love, look inward and to the surrounding world, says educator and love activist Kimaya.
In her new book, All the Flavours of Love, Kimaya argues that love is a gift that brings gentleness, compassion and a deeper wisdom about the things in life that are truly important.
"Society has a habit of promoting individualism and encouraging competition, which can be damaging to our long term health and wellness," Kimaya says. "Studies show that competitive self-esteem is related to larger societal problems such as loneliness, segregation and prejudice."
Speaking to the complexity of this human emotion in a simplistic manner through bright, bold illustrations and short lines of text, Kimaya spreads messages of love and positivity to children of all ages.
"My book is about the sacred relationship we can each have with ourselves, others and the world around us when we are centered in love," Kimaya says. "To see love in every moment is a gift that each of us - children and adults - can give to ourselves, and ultimately society as a whole."
Kimaya is a member of the New Zealand Author's Society, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and is actively involved in children's events in her local community. Along with writing, Kimaya's professional background lies in holistic health and wellness. Kimaya lives with her family and pets on a small farm overlooking the sea in Tauranga, New Zealand.