As you know, I’ve been in Mexico on holiday. And although it takes me a LONG time to get any sort of tan, I do like to sit in the sun. And I read, read, read, read, otherwise sitting in the sun is kinda boring, right?
Well the other day I picked up the last of the books I’d purchased at the airport on my journey here, called “29 Gifts” by Cami Walker. It wasn’t a book I’d heard of before but I liked the title! It is a story of how Cami turns her health around from the pain and suffering of MS.
The remedy is from a friend, an African medicine woman, to give away 29 gifts in 29 days. “By giving”, Mbali told her, “you are focusing on what you have to offer others, inviting more abundance into your life.” The first, she said, could be anything, but their giving had to be both authentic and mindful. At least one gift needed to be something she felt was scarce I her life. Cami was amazed by what unfolded during her month-long journey.
Many of her gifts were simple – a phone call, spare change, gifts of time, clothes, etc. By day 29 not only had her health and happiness turned around, but she had also embarked on creating a worldwide giving movement.
As I was reading the book, I thought about how as healers and therapists, we are naturally givers. But sometimes we get tired, and stressed too that we no longer are coming from a place of giving. We’re coming from a place of lack, a place of scarcity no matter how much we have materially. We don’t have enough clients, not enough time, not enough job security. We often believe we are not good enough, not successful enough.
By offering gifts we can feel abundant and more alive, and open ourselves up to receiving. When you give it opens space for you to receive.
It is a lovely book, and one that has made me more aware of my feelings around giving and receiving. I highly recommend this book, and on my return I will set a date to begin my own 29 Day giving challenge. It is recommended that you don’t just stop and start. Over the 29 days the ritual gathers momentum.
Become mindful in your everyday dealings with others. Are you coming from a healing place, a giving place, and become aware of your feelings. Be open to the opportunities that occur during the day. Think about how you can apply this mindfulness to your holistic business. Every time you write an article, make a phone call, think about your holistic therapy. What are the gifts that your therapy can offer. Anything you mindfully offer to another person counts.
If you commit to your own 29 Day Giving Challenge then you should sign up at www.29gifts.org. Oh, and for the book – it’s called: 29 Gifts (How a month of giving can change your life), by Cami Walker.
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