And what if
I started to believe in myself
and in what I have to give
to the world?
What if I became adamant about
sharing what I have
because I know it will help
countless people to laugh
and to be free?
What if I went ahead and shared?
Forget about the shopping–
give a hug, a flower, a smile,
We surround ourselves with things,
but none of it can come with us
when we leave this world.
How do you want to be remembered?
We can be distracted
in pursuit of things,
or we can be here,
open heart, open eyes,
present for our loved ones.
Sit with your beloveds,
be still and quiet,
look at them, see them,
Your loving presence
is the most precious of presents.
What is the gift you are offering?
And I’m not talking about
a teddy bear, or a mug,
or a Starbucks gift card
that you give someone
to show your appreciation…
I’m asking you,
what is your gift?
What non-physical gift,
are you offering with your presence?
Is it love?
Is it peace?
Whether you know it or not,
you are constantly
transmitting and receiving;
your body-mind-spirit self
is an antenna, a channel,
a receptacle, a beacon.
Are you sending out
fear, anxiety, mistrust, resentment?
Are you taking in
the fear, anxiety, mistrust
and resentment of others?
When you choose to awaken,
you can be very clear
about what you receive
and what you send out
and your presence
can be a source of comfort
and help to countless beings.
As you face the busyness
of this holiday season,
choose one soul quality to offer
to the world;
let this quality be your gift.
Set the genuine intention to
share it freely with all beings
known and unknown.
As you breathe in,
receive your gift
from the source of all that is:
Love from the source of love,
Patience from the source of patience,
Generosity from the source of generosity,
Peace from the source of peace
Strength from the source of strength,
Kindness form the source of kindness.
Fill yourself to the brim with this soul quality,
feel it alive within you, bubbling up,
As you breathe out,
beam this quality out
into the world to all beings,
with no exception.
Everyone will be blessed
by this work you do.
Everyone will benefit
from the gift you give
from your quiet, open heart.
Stay with your experience
whatever it is.
Don’t run away–
it has something to teach you.
the most valuable gift
is concealed in the strangest packaging.
Just trust in this moment.
Stay with this experience.
Unwrap each thought and feeling
open each perception, each word
see the treasures that are yours
when you learn to stay,
just stay with your experience.
You are a child of the universe,
unique in all the world.
There has never been,
nor will there ever be,
another exactly like you.
You were born
with unique talents and abilities.
Discovering what they are,
how to best share them with the world
is the reason you are here.
The world is longing to know you,
to receive the special gifts you bring.
So dig deep, child friend.
Open your mind, body,
to discovering and sharing your precious gifts.
Share them freely with the world,
bring light and love and hope to us.
Show us what is possible
in the realm of human potential.
Share your gifts so freely
that you empty yourself
of any fear, doubt,
or self-imposed limits.
And in the space you have made,
receive the gifts
that the world is longing to give you,
all of the abundance of the universe
placed in homage at your feet.
It doesn’t cost anything at all,
yet it is more valuable
than all of the treasure in the world combined.
You don’t have to run to a store to get it,
you don’t have to agonize about that
one perfect present.
It is always a perfect fit.
Always the perfect color, texture, and weight.
You take it with you wherever you go;
it is weightless; the perfect size;
it will fit everyone and everything.
Before you frantically shop for that one last gift,
remember that you ALWAYS have something to give.
Your presence is more precious than gold.
Your undivided attention focused
on your loved ones
is the greatest gift you could possibly share with them.
Before you fret about ordering one last item
before it goes out of stock,
You always have something to give.
Give generously; the whole world
waits for your love, your presence,
Sewing lavender and flax seed eye pillows,
hoping that they will encourage
some dear ones to take time to relax.
Mixing up batches of delicious smelling body butter
to be used as a full body moisturizer, a healing balm,
a skin health serum. (Also great for massage)
ingredients, if you’re curious:
vitamin e oil
rosehip seed oil
Essential oils of lavender and frankincense
Feeling satisfied making the gifts I’m going to offer,
Really happy that these gifts
hold the potential to help and heal.
Hoping that the gifts will be used by those who receive them
Recognizing that once I give a gift,
it is gone,
and whoever receives it is free to do whatever they wish to do,
whether it is use it for its intended purpose,
or place it on a shelf to collect dust
and then be pitched in the future.
As I follow a recipe to mix the perfect body butter,
I know that I can follow an even greater recipe:
Love someone enough to make a gift
Give them the gift
And love them enough to respect their freedom
to choose what they do with the gift
Love them regardless.