" ... It's funny how it starts, just how it all begins
You get your sights on dreams, and man a thousand different things
You are on for yourself, you're chasing cool desire
You get addicted fast, but man you're playin' with fire
Then there's a day that comes to you
When you get all you want, but there's a space inside that's still as empty as it was
'Till an angel comes your way and man she's fallin fast
You know she's so in need but she is to afraid to ask
So you hold on out your hands and catch her best you can
And in givin' love you feel a better man
And the gift is what you get by givin' more than you receive
And you're learnin' fast that maybe this is how you'll be happy
'Cause in takin' everything you lost, the air you need to breath
But in givin' it away, you found the precious thing you see ... "
~ Blue ~ The Gift ~
Purchasing the perfect gift, tis the season … the practice of giving extends to all forms of giving. Yet I believe there is no separation from givers, receivers or gifts. I believe all of life is always giving and receiving at the same time.
Yet, if a gift is not in material form, is it still a gift? Can the gift of listening, the gift of love, the gift of creation, the gift of attention and the gift of effort satisfy? Is that too easy, too simple, too trivial to be considered a gift …
There can be a few ways to practice unconditional giving … giving the gift of kindness, compassion and generosity … giving fully and without reservation the gift of your presence and respect.
My spiritual teacher told us recently that if you needed something you would have it … therefore if you don’t have it, you don’t need it … simple to consider but not so simple to practice. Because we are told how, why, when and where to buy that special gift for that special someone … can your presence then simply be enough …. Yes!
Gifting those that have - have everything. Have everything … everything they have. Something to consider when fighting the crowds for a parking spot, or a sale item, or the latest gadget, or the newest trend. Because you are enough and you always have been. Realizations set in that you cannot buy love and friends. You just need to be … be real and be present. Gifting is a beautiful gesture if there are no strings attached … unconditional gifting.
And there it is … the gift is within YOU!
Do we give from the heart or give to get the best reaction … do we give because we love or give to win them over … questions best to be considered in stillness, where the answers are always available. Regardless of your gifting choices, most of us know the more you give the more you receive as the opportunity is the gifting itself.