Giving; some take this gesture very seriously and others not so much. We are all guilty of buying a gift or doing a favor for someone for the sake of getting the task done and checked off our list. The gift/task was completely meaningless and void of sentiment or consideration of the recipient. Several years ago, I read a book entitled "The Soul of Money", and it revealed to me that money was and is only an energy exchange, but more importantly the exchange needs to be done with mindfulness.
So what does that mean exactly? Say your coworkers pooled together to buy your supervisor a birthday gift and you have been appointed the task of going shopping. You hold in your hands a total of a hundred dollars. When you confront this task with the sole motivation of getting the task off your to do list, you will probably go out and purchase a vase at Homesense with some artificial flowers in it. It's a nice vase, the flowers are nice, and really who cares! Your shopping task is done and you can get on with your day.
Now approach this task with mindfulness. You overheard your supervisor mention that they have been feeling very stressed with some of their challenges in their personal life, and in a separate conversation she/he mentions that they are in need of some self care. You know that giving them a gift that would satisfy the self care would be the perfect gift. You also know that your supervisor loves old historical houses and antiques. So you put some effort into finding some sort of "experience" that handles self care and in a setting that gives them what they like. You feel yourself get all excited to find them the PERFECT gift. You become invested in the search, and most of all you look forward to GIVING this gift. You pull up GOOGLE on your laptop and type in "spa, Steinbach" and your search brings you to a gem in the middle of eastern Manitoba meeting all your requirements; spa, retreat, historical house, and antiques.
As you are making arrangements to buy the gift certificate you realize that your mindfulness reaches a deeper level. The spa is owned and operated by a couple who are passionate about what they do and are dedicated to bringing the tools to help individuals on their healing journeys. Your purchase will help support them and in turn they can continue to help others. Your supervisor will get the benefits of a much needed retreat for complete relaxation and restoration and she/he will be able to manage their daily life with more ease. It's a GIFT that keeps GIVING!
Giving is what we, humans naturally are wired to do. Giving energy fills us up with love and we feel wonderful when we do this!
How are you giving this holiday season?