So, in our quest for a more meaningful approach to gift giving, we engage thefollowing exercise and would like to offer it to you. Its based upon the embodied mindfulness approach we use in our work in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.
STEP 1. Begin by engaging your body. Raise your arms above your head, inhale, then let your arms drop to your side as you exhale with an open mouth. Do that 5 times. Swing your body in a twisting motion, side to side for a minute letting out abig exhale on each twist. Move your head neck and shoulders anyway that feels good and let out some some sound – anything that comes and move as fast or as slow as you want to. Time for Step 1 – about 2 minutes. Then sit down in a comfortable place.
STEP 2. Close your eyes and bring one hand to your chest. Visualize the first person on your gift list. Focus on the person as you feel your heart under your chest. Imagine a flow of connection from you to that person and back.
STEP 4. Write down what came to you for that person and then repeat the exercise for each of the people on your list. Some will be easy, others might take a little more time and patience.
STEP 5. Look over your lists and sit with each individual gift giving experience from an “embodied” place. Hold each item and person in your heart and see yourself making your offering to them. Notice what happens in feelings: in your body, and in your breath.
The next part of this process is to plan time for preparing your offerings. Maybe it’s writing a poem, making a table, reading up on how to tile a floor, or buying a gift. The downside of this approach is that it often takes more time. Yet, in my experience, when I see the smiles on the faces of the recipients, I feel a deeper connection to my giving experience and know it was well worth the focus and the time.
Let me know how this works for you with a comment below.
I’d love to hear about your experience.