As I’ve been growing in my journey of gifting, I’ve been feeling more resonant with certain types of gifts over others. In thinking about why that is, I’m finding that gifts deeply aligned with values of interconnectedness, nature-based wisdom, and unconditional love seem to be what makes my heart sing most. Gifts that invite us to transcend the delusion of the tangible despite their tangibility :)
Some ideas to that end (from gross to subtle, in each case inclusive of mentioned values), would love thoughts from others-
- hands (labor work)
- art (handmade) / design
- offerings from the marginalized
- seeds / compost / plants
- hugs / touch
- joint work (eg doing a 21 day challenge together)
- connections / introductions
- links (stories/videos/music/ideas)
- smiles / words
- personal vulnerability (real-time, written, giving cherished possessions, receiving with grace)
- psychological capacity / listening (for when others are triggered or generally in position of need)
- psychological depatterning (so as to reduce the conditions for others to be triggered, etc)
These are all ‘small things’ that can grow to new ways of being. And for those who are already living into these values, I’ve found the same gifts being helpful, and also more general support (eg money to homeless may go for alcohol, money for middle class may go for ipad, money for compassion entrepreneur may go to spread the ripple of connection).
In noticing the spectrum, I feel that the whole thing is of value, and being able to play across the spectrum of giving is worthy of aspiration. A question I’ve been asking recently – how to be in a space of offering, in every interaction, as inclusive of the full spectrum as I can be? A key reason that question arose is that I have received SO MUCH across this spectrum, and the sense of abundance has led to the wish to share with others.