The practice of Yoga includes one very difficult aspect: give generously and without the expectation of receiving anything in return. How good are you at this practice? I know I can be better.
Break Your Holiday Habits
My family still does the whole Christmas Tree gift giving thing. We live thousands of miles apart and getting together is not easy, especially during the holidays. I think that giving gifts is a way for us to feel close. Unfortunately, it also adds to the feeling of distance. We write our list, send it off to all interested parties and receive exactly what we asked for.
Break out of the habit of holiday gift giving by keeping a list or purchasing items that you think those whom you love would like. Instead of thinking of items for yourself last minutes, keep a list of things that brought you joy throughout the year. When the holiday season comes it might guide you in suggesting gifts your family can give you.
Give Into the Moment
I feel like words are losing their power. Materials items have taken over. To be honest, I struggle with this. I am not the best at remembering to send gifts or cards. I appreciate receiving cards, and know that some people are really good at making them, but can't help but feel like I am wasteful when I toss them in the trash.
Use your words to thank people. Think about how you can best express your appreciation for what they have done, given, or said. Spend some time practicing words of thanks and gratefulness so you have them ready to go when the time comes.
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When you feel the need to give a gift begin with your local shops. Think about the person you wish to buy for and ask the shop owner what they recommend. Consider a piece of locally made jewelry, artwork, a gift certificate for a class or treatment, a kit or a piece of memorabilia from time shared together.
Give What You Like
What's the Golden Rule again? Treat others as you wish to be treated? How about we give to others that which we want? When you see, experience, or feel something that you really like think about who in your life might also like it, or who might need it. Instead of making the purchase for yourself do so for someone else.
A good way to practice getting good at this is to notice what your friends say about your stuff. What do they like? What do they notice? What do they comment about? Step back and look at your life, experiences, and stuff through the eyes of others. It might help you not only identify what to give, but also what you can give up.