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Dec 19

The Gift of Being Present

Happy Holidays! December will soon be here and with it comes the opportunity to both give and receive.

I recently ran into a friend at the mall who smiled when she showed me the gift she had gotten for her mother. She pulled from her bag a shirt that was floral and bright and cheery. “Definitely not something you or I would wear,” she said, “but my mom will love it!”

I smiled to see how happy Kalena was to have found the perfect gift for her aging and sick mom. Love has so many different expressions and gift-giving is a very tangible form of expressing our affection.

Another aspect of gifting is to receive a gift with a full and open heart. When we allow ourselves to accept the love that is imbued with the present, we connect our heart with the kindness being given. The flow of love from one to another is completed and enhanced by the process of the gift being openly received.

It is in this spirit that I encourage you to take time to consider that some people already have all the little knick-knacks their home can hold. Perhaps for these folks, offering a gift certificate for special services, dinners, or outings might be a better option than a boxed gift. You might even offer to join your family or friend for an adventure or activity so the gift of your companionship is included in the offering. For example, I love to go out on whale boat excursions with friends and family and have given this type of trip as a gift. My friends and family love it.

The holidays can be fun or frantic depending on our attitude. When we remember that love is really the greatest give we can give, then our choices are simplified. Our hearts are wired to both give and receive love, but the greatest gift is to simply “be love.” We do this by being mindful in the present moment, opening our hearts and setting aside any judgment. Let’s practice saying ‘Thank you” to life for the blessings we receive each day and the opportunity to give and receive.