Give it All Away
"A hundred times a day I remind myself that my life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give back in the measure as I have received, and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein
You wake up in the morning. You study the reflection in the bathroom mirror, noting the new rogue gray hairs or maybe feeling silently pleased with your new trimmer waistline, the result of a new diet. You thumb through your closet, wondering what to wear. You check your stocks in the morning paper. You stop for a coffee on your way to work. You do your job diligently (or maybe not so much), and you head home at the end of the day. What's for dinner? What's on TV? Your stomach hurts. You call your girlfriend. You iron your clothes for tomorrow. You fall asleep.
You fall asleep, without having truly given of yourself once that day. You existed an entire twenty four hours without ever acknowledging the people living in this world with you. There is nothing wrong with this way of life. And yes, your work at the office may have made the world a better place overall. But just how many opportunities to give did you let pass you by?
Think about it... everything you have received in your life has been a gift of some sort, an act of creation by someone you know or don't know. Do you live your daily life in gratitude of all that you've received, or do you often find yourself focusing on ways to increase your own wealth and contentment? How often do you repay the favor?
Consider why doing good deeds simply feels good. Giving of ourselves is a meditative act. When we give, we are truly and fully present. We are living outside of ourselves, even if only for a few fleeting moments. But those moments are enough to bring a clarity and a glimpse of peace that is only accessible when we are in touch with our true nature, our essence. It's the connection with this true nature that feels "good."
The exchange of energy that flows through our world is undeniable. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore it is only through giving that we give to ourselves. Each time we give our time, our love, our kindness, or just a listening ear to someone that needs it, we are manifesting the cycle of abundance in our lives. If you emit a positive, selfless vibration into the universe, the universe will echo this message back to you.
Test the theory. Take the next 24 hours, and give as selflessly and as often as you can. Start small if you want: Smile at a stranger. Compliment the barista. Look closely for any opportunities to put someone else's happiness before your own. Watch as your own worries, troubles, and anxieties vanish. Notice the ways that you could change someone else's life for the better, and watch as your own life expands in ways you never imagined. As you learn to forget yourself, you are taking a step toward integration with the rest of the human race. We are all made up of the same matter; the same energy pulses through all of us. We all share the same oxygen. How often do you acknowledge our unity?
We have the power to literally create miracles. What are you going to do today?