As most of us move from childhood to adulthood, our focus during the holiday season shifts from receiving to giving. We no longer impatiently count the days until we see what Santa brought us. Instead, much of our joy comes from seeing the pleasure our gifts bring to our children, our partners, our family and friends. All giving is good thing but this kind of giving is limited. We give expecting to receive thanks and appreciation in response. Our yoga practices encourage us to go beyond this kind of giving by giving selflessly, expecting no recognition, gratitude, or reward in return. It's this kind of giving that marks true charity--giving because we recognize that we are part of a whole, because we see the face of God in every creature we encounter, because we believe that working to insure the well-being of our fellow creatures is a large part of what we are here on earth to do. And it's this kind of giving-- not just during the holiday season but throughout the year--that leads to a joy much deeper and more lasting than the momentary happiness of a single morning or night each year.
We at Wise Heart are working on two collective karma yoga giving projects this holiday season. We invite you to join with us, or to find your own way to experience the joy of selfless giving in the coming days, and beyond.
Please join us for sadhana at 5 p.m. this Sunday, December 13, Hill House, Ruscombe Community Health Center. If you have an extra hour or two to spare, join us beforehand to help sew for Days for Girls. Email for more info by clicking here.