the one who….gives

In my last post, I wrote about being the recipient of small acts of kindness. It feels really good to be on the receiving end.  But did you know that it is even more powerful to be the giver?

A few years ago, I came across the website of Cami Walker. Cami was diagnosed with MS at the age of 33. You can hear her tell her story here.  In the depths of despair she contacted an African healer, Mbali Creazzo, who gave her an unusual prescription…. to give 29 gifts in 29 days. Her experience was life changing and she began a movement that spans 43 countries and includes over 17,00 members. I participated and, at the time, it helped me get out of a funk.

The giving can be small. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, small acts of kindness are powerful.  As she describes in her video, it can be as simple as handing a friend who is crying a kleenex, opening the door for someone or making eye contact and smiling at the person behind the checkout counter at the grocery store…. or as in my example, making a phone call to a friend or carrying a chair.  Small gestures with “grand” results.

I have been in a funk this past winter with the arrival of some new symptoms and depression.  I know that Mbali Creazzo’s prescription would have been helpful had I remembered to do it. Better yet, making it a way of life would be helpful for overall wellness that encompasses the four aspects of living well by caring for the mind, body, spirit, and emotional health. I begin again….

To learn more about the benefits of giving check out these articles:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/health/cancer-research-uk/8792392/Charity-giving-and-good-karma.htm

http://www.circleofa.org/library/course-meets-world/give-til-it-feels-good/

http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-reasons-donate-charity

Attached to this post is my gift to you today.  Enjoy!

[sc_embed_player fileurl=”https://livingwhatiscom.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/180e6-09-reach-out-and-touch-someone-with-your-love.mp3″%5D Reach Out and Touch Someone With Your Love

Don’t forget to reach out…. pay it forward …. create ripples…. feel better!

 

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