At this time of year, it can be helpful to remember that giving can mean more than exchanging holiday material gifts.
What else can we give to each other?
In the Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings, Thich Nhat Hahn identifies six aspects of giving.
We can give our:
PRESENCE: spending time with people
STABILITY: being loving and calm, without harboring anger, stress, sadness
MATERIAL GIFTS: within one's means, to those who are impoverished
FRESHNESS: wholeness, beginning anew, offering forgiveness
UNDERSTANDING: wisdom; offering support and reassurance to the ill and dying, so they do not feel alone
SPACIOUSNESS: non-clinging, practicing equanimity by tempering our demands of people.
"When we give these things, they grow in abundance in ourselves, and this can be applied globally as well."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Wishing all of you abundant riches as described above!
(Thanks to my good friend, Debra Birkinshaw who gave me this reminder to pass along here!)