How do we attract abundance? How do we open ourselves up to receive what we want in life? There is a simple way to start receiving more in your life: In order to receive, we need to give. When we give to others, we not only help them, we help ourselves in so many ways. Of course, we are able to enjoy the wonderful sense of well-being that comes from helping another person, or supporting a cause we believe in, but when we give we also attract similar opportunities to ourselves. Whether it is the giving of our time, our attention, or making a financial contribution, when we give something freely, it attracts more of whatever it is we gave back to us.
You see, what we do is mirrored back to us, and when we give, we send a clear message to the Universe. Perhaps someone will make efforts to spend quality time with us, we will receive a bonus check in the mail, someone will go out of their way to help us when we are in need – we attract the spirit of helping back to us by sending the message with clear intention, and we send the message to the Universe by giving. Now, we cannot give with the underlying motive that we expect to receive something in return, because this is actually false giving. We need to give with pure motives and a sense of knowing that what we are doing is making a difference. We must feel the sense of peace that accompanies giving – that is how we know the giving was done with pure intention.
Each month, I am making a commitment to giving something of myself to someone or something else. I have decided to choose a cause each month and give a donation of at least $25. There is no reason why I cannot come up with $25 a month, even when money is tight. Even more valuable, each month I will give a minimum of 2 hours of my time. Even with the busiest of schedules, there has to be at least two hours that can be carved out to help someone. Volunteer opportunities are available for so many kinds of different causes: animal shelters; homeless shelters; retirement homes; boys and girls clubs; literacy programs; letters for service men and women. The opportunities are endless!
While you are at it, look at your family and see who could use some of your extra attention? Maybe your parents could use a visit, or give some extra one-on-one time to your children? Perhaps a cup of coffee with a sibling you haven’t spent much time with lately, or stop by and play a game with an elderly relative? And what about YOU? How much time have you spent with yourself lately? Giving is addictive…the more you give, the more you will want to give!
What are you going to do this month? Share your ideas with others and ignite the spirit of giving in someone right now!