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To Receive is Divine

Giving is an act of pleasure and we all feel wonderful when we give to our children, our friends, our parents, strangers and all those around us. I  feel fantastic when I think I have done something wonderful for someone. Riding high on this generous wave I bought gifts for everyone during the Diwali festival. The elated feeling lasted the whole day.
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Keeping in tune with the festival wave,  I also spent the whole evening decorating the house and preparing things for the visitors that ‘may’ drop in. In the process I  missed the firecrcaker show that I was going to go with the kids. The bubble burst the next day, when my little one remarked that the gift was fantastic but he would rather have gone out to watch firecracker show and light up the crackers with me.
That’s when I wondered that do we really give? How many times do we pause and think when we decide to do something for someone or give something to someone?
Does the someone really want what we generously hand out, or is the giving  just another way to massage our ego and feed the belief about how ‘kind’ or ‘generous’ we are. That’s when I realized that there are a number of things I do in a day – things that make me feel that I am a great mom, a great boss, a great wife, a super friend and so on. All about my perception on what I am doing for the wonderful people in my life.
Maybe the hour spent in watching the firecracker show was a better act of giving then the thirty minutes spent in finding the perfect gift. But it definitely was the tougher choice. Giving goes hand in glove with receiving. Giving without the pleasure of receiving is not giving. Giving just because someone insists on wanting something is not giving. Giving with the thought that what you give will make a difference to the ‘someone’ – not a difference to you or those around the person is the act of giving – as what is given is received and the act of giving is completed.
Sometimes we give our time, do things for the people we love, as that is our way of showing that we care about them. If I could pause for a split second before I carry out a random act of kindness, I would realize that the act may not be that kind to me or even kind for the person it is being done for. Just for that moment I realize that when there is as much joy in giving as in receiving ‘giving’ becomes the generous act that is.
~ Sabinder Singh

The universe is abundant

I was collecting sea shells with my daughter and there were thousands of shells scattered on the beach, all washed ashore by the waves. We had planned to make a sea shell box and were collecting the shells so that we could stick them on a box, to make it look pretty. My daughter had collected quite a bit so I suggested we leave and come back if we needed more. My excited daughter happily skipped beside me and said: “there are so many shells, I can never pick all of them.” But we do not need all of them, I replied, “we need enough to complete the box”.
I looked at the sea with its endless supply of shells scattered on the beach. There was enough for everyone, if everyone just picked up what they required. If we had tried to amass all that was on the beach that day, there would never be enough. Not for us and not for anyone. Nature provides for us constantly.  There is plenty for each one. Plenty as per our requirement. When we want to amass more than we need, we let our greed take over and then the scarcity starts, because we are hoarding and no longer simply replenishing ourselves.
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Why do we have this need to keep a security blanket around ourselves at all times? We do this with the food we eat, the clothes we buy, the items we display, the time at our disposal and whatever we think enhances our life. Does this need stem from an underlying fear of having nothing. Nothing means you are a nobody and being a nobody means you are left all alone. Is that so terrifying? Not really I thought.
When I let go of the fear that I will not be left with much, I found the fear replaced with the thought of “plenty”.  I realised there was plenty around me. I also realised  that the universe will always provide for you and me. If you really want something you will get it. It is the law of the universe. I know for sure that when I constantly think about something it just happens leaving me pleasantly surprised every time. I am learning to trust and let go and amazingly life is responding by becoming so easy. Imagine quitting all that worrying and leaving it all in the comforting hands of this infinite energy source. When you want something for yourself, just ask for it with all your heart and soul – and you will get it, if it is good for you.
The energy is all around us. When we create a thought we set into motion a pattern that attracts more similar thoughts that tap into the energy to create our reality. So think thoughts of abundance, thoughts of plenty thoughts to create a richer life. And spend a moment counting your many blessings 🙂
~ Sabinder Singh

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