Giving Gifts with Meaning
Dec 11, 2015 01:09PM
By Allie McFee
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. ~ Deepak Chopra
As the Earth’s shedding process in autumn encouraged us to let go what no longer served us, the quietness of winter reminds us it is a time for reflection and for incubating the seeds of new ideas to be ready to sprout in the spring. Tools for this reflection include meditation, mindfulness and prayer, which all help enter deep within our being to gain clarity and know our soul’s purpose.
It’s easy for perspectives to shift from the inner self to the outer world as consumerism inundates our lives with loud, colorful ads and children shouting for this year’s hottest toys. Remain in an inner connected state by choosing gifts with mindfulness. Slow down by creating intentions for each gift, giving more time to others with full presence and giving gifts of healing experiences to help another person grow.
Giving the Gift of Presence
Richard Brendan, founder and spiritual director at Journey’s Fire Spiritual Center, believes in the power of gifting presence to others so that we can fully embrace them in our consciousness.
“The best gift to give is our presence and full attention,” says Brendan. “When people are talking, care about them and listen. It’s about focusing and concentrating on what they are saying. When you give your presence to someone, you don’t even have to say a word and people finally feel safe.”
Brendan suggests this tool also be used while holiday shopping. “Whether we are shopping or attending a school function, we can share light and love wherever we go. This time of year, people are busy, stores are packed and there is so much tension. Whether we are with our loved ones or strangers, we can give them our presence, our full attention, and promote more peace and love.”
Other ideas include swapping notes of gratitude and writing from the heart what someone means to you, teaching a family member a skill by showing them how to cook a delicious recipe, or showing someone how to play a song on the piano. These are gifts that create priceless memories.
Giving with Intention for Fulfillment
Kerry Keller, director of Indianapolis’ School of Metaphysics, believes it is our intention to aid others when gift giving, which in turn gives us a sense of fulfillment.
“It’s easy to get caught up in giving just to please someone, but the nicest way to help is to teach them how to help themselves,” says Keller. “They are then in a place to turn around and help someone else, encouraging growth in everyone.”
Holiday gifts available at the school include pre-wrapped book baskets with topics on cultivating peace and stillness through meditation, concentration exercises and dream interpretation.
In addition to holiday gift options, the School of Metaphysics is offering a free All-Day Peace Meditation starting at 3:45 a.m. on December 31 and ending at midnight with a reading of their Universal Peace Prayer. Meditation will occur in 15-minute intervals with breathing exercises led in 20-minute intervals. Light refreshments and instruction on how to meditate will be offered.
The School of Metaphysics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school for education on directing the mind for healing and growth, and teaching meditation as a tool for becoming aware of and learning to still thoughts in order to be less reactive to experiences throughout the day.
Giving a Healing Experience
Body.Harmony.Balance (BHB) is offering the gift of healing experiences through discounted gift certificates and a Holiday Indulgence Detox package, which includes targeted massage, spa infrared sauna and colonics.
“When you give someone the opportunity to have an experience, you give them the gift of peace and centeredness, which is the most loving thing you can do,” says BHB owner Katrina Cook. “Giving someone that time to care for themselves is essential, especially for someone who lives a hectic lifestyle.”
Cook just recently returned from Bali, where she gave herself the gift of experience by focusing on spirituality, fun and culture.
“I took the time to be still, to silence my normal life,” says Cook. “I found that clearing the noise for a few moments can show you where your opportunities for growth are.”
If these tools are utilized, gifts are given that enrich a person’s life, provide experiences that bring wellness and restoration, and help to fully accept other people. They build connections that transcend material gifts to create long-lasting fulfillment.
Journey’s Fire Spiritual Center is located at 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-796-1897 or visit JourneysFireSpiritualCenter.org.
The School of Metaphysics is located at 6138 Hillside Ave., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-251-5285 or visit SOM.org.
Body.Harmony.Balance is located at 1020 E. 86th St., #22D, Indianapolis. For more information or to purchase a gift package, call 317- 669-2313 or visit BodyHarmonyBalance.com.