I have long since believed that giving is the crux of inviting good things into your own life.
Many religions the world over have this as a core principle.
In the Christian religion, too: tithing (giving 10% of your income) to the church is done in good faith that this gift will set the stage for receiving help/gifts when you need them, but also to help others in a true act of good will.
The Law of Giving and Receiving
Deepak Chopra talks about the Spiritual Law of Giving and Receiving, too. Because the universe is a dynamically changing place, it would also hold that giving and receiving keep your life flowing in a positive direction.
It’s not a new concept and one that can help unlock abundance in our own lives.
Giving “just to give” is a noble act. Not expecting anything in return is a deeply spiritual reason to spread goodwill and cheer and help to make the world a better place.
It can also help in the “gratefulness” department by allowing us to be thankful for what we have and thankful for the gifts that we receive.
It makes us feel good to give. But really, we also receive joy, in turn, because of the act of giving.
St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer, “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” beautifully illustrates giving and receiving. Take a look at a few lines from the prayer:
- Where there is hatred, let me sow love
- Where there is injury, pardon
- Where there is despair, hope
- For it is in giving that we receive
I have begun a practice in my life of giving something to everyone I encounter – whether they know it or not. And I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not perfect at it. I occasionally have those days when I “just don’t feel like it.”
I’ll personally work on that. Because, honestly, I’ve realized that when I don’t feel like giving is exactly when I need to do it the most.
Ideas for Giving Something to Everyone You Meet
The following are some ideas on how to always give something to someone you meet:
- Give a greeting
- Give a smile
- Give a hug
- Give a silent blessing
- Silently say, “om mani padme hum” – a chant that Buddhist monks say to spread love and compassion
- Give love
- Give hope
- Give a pardon
- Give a flower
- Give a complement
- Give an “out loud” blessing if you know the person would like that
- Give an uplifting note
- Give a card
- Give gratitude
- Give a gift
- Give a text of “thinking of you”
- Give a healing thought
- Give a plant
- Give a prayer
- Give a monetary gift
- Give help
- Give of your time
- Give of your heart
- Give joy
- Give laughter
- Give information
- Give a mint
- Give encouragement
- Give a helping hand
- Give something edible
I had decided a couple years ago to adopt this philosophy. I was going through my own rough patch in life and wanted to be that person that lifted others up with I encountered them rather than being negative or a complainer.
And though I don’t always succeed in this task, my life has changed dramatically since those first years when I started this practice: I finished graduate school, I moved, found a good job, and my relationships have improved (well, the majority of them, anyways).
So, what will you do? Adopt a practice of giving to others?
Remember that by giving, you will also start to receive. The art of receiving is also something that has to be learned. And, to be sure, we can’t just give so that we’ll automatically receive. It doesn’t work that way.
Give to make a difference and to make the world a better place. In that way, you create the conditions for you to be ready to receive. When you receive, you can do a number of things with those gifts: you can pass them on, use them as you need, use them to magnify their awesomeness, improve your practice of gratitude, and much more.