Welcome to week 1 of 10 Keys to Live Wholeheartedly. Let's think about how to GIVE.
In order to truly begin to connect with ourselves, those around us, God, our purpose, our sense of connection...etc. I think that the very first step must be to give. (I know that I drew a tangible gift as the image here, so bear with me, but let's stretch our ideas around giving and receiving.)
When we give of our time, our energy, our words or our resources, we are taking focus off of ourselves and literally putting out positive energy into the world around us. It's a classic example of 'being the change' as well as a fast-track toward experiencing gratitude and spreading love.
When we give, the challenge is to be crystal clear about our intentions.
Generosity is never about a tangible thing, but about the intention and attitude behind the giver. Are we giving from a place of ego or separation? Do we hope, even subconsciously, that we will receive thanks, return on our investment or some type of recognition? Explore your whole heart here and be honest with yourself. If you find that sense of expectation, take your time to reconsider how your energy actually alters the exchange, making it uneven. Many of us are actually giving in hopes to receive better treatment, affection, or other emotional rewards. If you give in hopes to fulfill a need within your own heart, you're actually doing more harm than good to both you and the receiver.
As we move inward and explore these next 10 weeks together, challenge yourself to consider how you can give daily. (If you're feeling called to learn more about how giving can change your life, I highly recommend the book "29 Gifts" by Cami Walker) Try thinking about these few ways to bless someone around you and practice generosity and gratitude within your own life.
Valuable Ways to Give:
- Ask yourself: what feels scarce or very important to you? (Time, money, being seen and heard, love, clothing...etc.) Challenge yourself to give THAT. Stretch your boundaries until it hurts.
- Give anonymously. When is the last time you've given something without a soul knowing?
- Give something intangible. It's easy to sign a check or make a few clicks online without ever having to make a real effort to love. Challenge yourself to think outside of the box and give something meaningful.
- Set an intention for this week to give something each day, remembering that 'you can't pour from an empty cup.' So you might give yourself rest, a yoga practice, or accept help from a friend so that you can more fully serve.
Be sure to check back here for the next installment, Tuesday November 14th.