This morning, gratitude rules. Thanks to Deepak for day 2 of another 21 day guided meditation. When we stop to really focus in all we have, we immediately have so much more…and the more we have, the more we can share!
In the book, The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success, Chopra expands on the Law of Giving and how it relates to aiding in finding “a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life,” (his words). Chopra claims the law should actually be called the Law of Giving and Receiving, because of the way it works.
While protecting the privacy of my family, friends and students (because this is the internet, after-all) I will refrain from naming individuals, but the law unfolds naturally as a 96 year old student tells me that the reason she has lived so happily and healthfully is because her mom always taught her if she had 5 cents, she had enough to share half with someone who had none. Another, most special friend, was filled with joy each and every time she shared some of her vacation cash with street musicians, keeping the flow of currency alive. Currency. The word alone evokes…well, a current. And I can never leave out the lessons I have learned from a friend who showers me with thoughtfulness daily…or a student who brings me one lottery ticket every day just in case it’s THE ONE. I am grateful to all these special people and hope they know how much they have taught me….and I hope you all know who you are!
For relationships are NO different than money. There must be a constant flow of up and down, back and forth and of course, give and take. Money aside, there is so much we can give to others. Often, money is scarce and hard to part with. (Though not according the mom who taught about the nickel!) There is always something simple that can be shared…a single flower, a beautiful handwritten note of appreciation, a smile, a compliment, acknowledgement, acceptance, etc.
Deepak suggests if you want joy, you give joy…if you want love, you give love…if you want to be appreciated, learn to appreciate and if you want affluence, share what you can.
One of the greatest joys Mitch and I have had this season has been celebrating wonderful milestones and events with our loved one. There has been so much to celebrate! We have also been sharing the fruits of our labor, (mangoes and even a pineapple) and it has been so much fun to do!
Imagine a world where we all thought “what can I give to each person I see today?…” There would be no room for war, hate, or intolerance. Imagine.