We all know how excited kids get about presents. How about this 10-year-old girl in Texas who asked her friends to donate to a local charity instead? A week after her birthday she did it again, showing up on the doorstep of the local United Way office with 20 pounds of everyday items.
Young Jaydn Moriarty explained her generosity: “ "If you already have a lot of stuff, it is better to give."
Our first reaction might be, “I wish rich bankers could hear this.” But what about ourselves? Americans are famous for stuff. Suburbia is bloated with big houses crammed with you name its, a garage for the overflow (remember when garages used to be for cars?) and sometimes a storage unit or two!
Imagine if we gave away all the stuff we don’t need to those who do need it? Imagine examining our inner life for similar signs of excess? How much unnecessary thought and emotion do we cart around every day? Here’s where meditation has its place.
In quiet solitude, we can shed that inner baggage and enjoy just being. Noticing our breathing, witnessing our inner landscape without judgment, being inspired by spirit. At our core, all of us are like Jaydn; we are generous by nature, because that’s the nature of spirit which is who we really are - spirits in human bodies playing the life game.
Some of us are more in touch with that truth than others. Jaydn sure is and her simple example shows us the way.