Give Thanks In All Things
By Fran Pritchard, Registered YF Meditation and Nidra Trainer and 200 RYT
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
This scripture invites us to explore our feelings and motives when we give.
When we are in a mindset of abundance, gratitude and contentment, we are more open to being generous. These feeling build upon one another opening the channel for more positive feelings such as compassion and empathy. When we are in the mindset of scarcity, resentment and envy, we tend to withhold and hoard. These feelings can build upon one another as well, possibly leading to depression, and anxiety.
We are wired for community, for bonding. There is a cycle of giving. Our body responds to giving by “holding our head high” and we actually stand more upright and feel energetic. We are buoyed, filled with hope and open to possibilities. We feel more receptive, which in turn opens the channel to receive. When we give, we are sharing a piece of ourselves, a “seed” if you will. “Just like you can’t reap a harvest without planting seeds, so you can’t get without giving” (Debasish Mridha).
Studies on generosity and compassion have shown that giving of our time and resources improves our mood, physical health and increases longevity according to USNews. Giving activates the pleasure center of the brain. This is known as the “givers glow” or “helpers high”. This dopamine-using pleasure circuitry can also be co-opted by some, but not all, psychoactive substances like cocaine, nicotine, heroin or alcohol says Psychology Today. Giving can even help reduce the risk and symptoms of depression and daily stress.
In reference to the scripture at the beginning, in order to reap the benefits of giving, we need to search our motives. You may need to start off giving slowly and not jump into a big commitment of time or resources. You can purge your pantry or closet and donate some items to a local food bank, thrift store or shelter. Try volunteering for a one day event such as feeding the homeless, cleaning up a local park or a charitable fundraiser, such as a gala or race. Find what speaks to your heart, what arises your passion. Is it animals, children, or wounded veterans? There are unlimited possibilities. You can even freely give compliments or hugs. Whatever we send out into the world has a ripple effect around the world. We have all heard of the butterfly effect, the chaos theory, and so it is with kindness and giving.
Whatever you do, do it from the heart. In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples, freely you have received, freely give Matthew 10:8.
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