Every twelve months I end the previous year by setting a clear intention for the following one. This intention is not really something of my choosing. I listen for it to choose me. Years of meditation have taught me to hear my inner whispers. Please do not call the authorities. I am not hearing voices. I am simply listening to my heart’s deepest desires. You may call it your gut or intuition. I’ve learned through years of practice to sit alone, still and quiet because these messages tend to be clear in the quiet. They whisper. The other morning, in the glow of the early morning sun over the Atlantic Ocean it dawned on me. 2017 will be the my Year of Giving. A year of profound gratitude and radical humility expressed through notable generosity.
It made perfect sense following 2015 The Year of “Yes” and 2016 The Year of Empowerment. I am ready to give much more than I take. I am compelled to be more generous with my time, my attention, my knowledge, my wisdom and yes, my money.To be mindful of everything from my carbon footprint, consumerism, and communication, to how my empathy and compassion flow to help transform the lives of others.
A Tall order, indeed! You see the higher the intention, the higher the vibration, the greater the joy and influence. Here are 5 ways I intend to raise my vibe through giving:
1. Performing acts of kindness anonymously. They are just much more delicious this way. Pay for the toll of the car behind you. Walk slowly enough to the cash register to let the person approaching from the opposite direction beat you to it. Send the elevator back to the ground floor. Clean up the trash on the floor or wet counter top in the restroom. You’re going to wash your hands anyway. You get the idea. I see it as another opportunity in my day to get creative. Oh and thanks to the guy in front of me who paid for my Acai bowl today.
2. Giving my undivided attention. Whether face to face or on the phone, my days of multitasking while in communication with another human are over. I value my relationships with family, friends, clients, and colleagues too much to allow distractions while engaged with them. In today’s world, this may indeed be a novel proposition.
3. Giving $$. I have given up the notion that contributions need to be large. I aspire to have the level of success to be labeled a philanthropist someday but for now, I will give what I can, and even a bit more. Allocating dollars I would spend on lunch, a cocktail, or a pair of shoes to a cause I am passionate about, a young entrepreneur or a hungry child is proving to be more impactful and much more fulfilling.
4. Volunteer with youth. Nothing formed my character more than the speakers, performers, teachers, and mentors that crossed my path between the ages of 6-18. It is unquestionably my time to give back. Children are the future. We owe them tools for dealing with some of the mess we have made.
5. Lastly, I will give thanks. I have everything I need, and then some. Even if I didn’t, I am aware that there will always be those with much less or much more than me. Each day I will take a pause to be profoundly thankful and mindful of the life I am living and realize how much I have to share with others.
Remember, to check yourself on an all or nothing state of mind. Join me in radical generosity. Lift your spirits and that of others. Open hands and hearts give and receive effortlessly.