Practicing Generosity with All Your Heart
Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind. - Unknown
Emotional Wellness is one of the aspects of wellness included in the Heart quadrant of the Living Compass. As we continue to reflect on this week’s spiritual practice of being generous with ourselves, we invite you to reflect on how you can practice self-care regarding your own emotional wellness.
Is there something that is worrying you this holiday season? Perhaps naming it can help you to begin to diminish its power. It is easy this time of year to worry, to feel discontented because we may feel we don’t have “enough” in our lives—enough time, or money, or friends, or presents, or the perfect family or home. We then may worry about how we are going to have a perfectly wonderful Christmas holiday given all that we feel we are lacking.
The quote—“Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind”—encourages us to move from a scarcity mindset to an “enough” mindset. This mindset believes that what we already have is enough. Who we already are is enough. Our friends are enough. Our family is enough. We already have enough of what we need to be content. And when we are able to shift from always wanting more to learning to love and appreciate what we already have, we become free from the insatiable consumer appetite that Randall Curtis so perfectly described in Sunday’s reflection.
Perhaps being generous with ourselves this year is simply learning to love, celebrate, and believe that whatever we already have is enough.
Making it personal: Write down one or two things you are worried about right now, especially as it relates to this time of year. Name any feelings you have right now of scarcity, of not having “enough” of something in your life. What might help you to let go of or make peace with what you have named?
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.