“The Hindu Upanishads tell us that in the center of the seed of the great nyagrodha tree there is nothing, and out of that nothing the great tree grows. We are then reminded that in our time on Earth we grow like this tree-out of that nothing. As the essence of the tree is the empty center of its seed, so the essence of our life is the intangible presence at the center of our soul. Therefore, our chief work as human beings rests in the sincere effort to allow that central presence to in-form us. Thus, all forms of prayer and meditation are aimed at keeping the center of the I empty, so the miracle of life in its grace and immensity can enter and heal us.” Mark Nepo, from The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
During the holiday season, we commend the gift that keeps giving. Deep in our hearts, we look for it. We want to give it – not just to our lovers, or our parents, or our friends, but to everyone that we meet. Realtors profit from this deep desire – no matter where we shop, no matter how much we spend – from the smallest token to a private island – because our love can never be wrapped in a bow or limited to a box. Our love is the gift that keeps giving. It is what Peter speaks about when he reminds us to offer hospitality to one another without grumbling because he knows that what we give is loving success, a gift that will return to bless us beyond our comprehension because it becomes part of the air that we breathe and the space that we take up – to claim us as our good at every opportunity. I remember Bob Marley’s death as though it was yesterday but he continues to bless our every breath, singing “One love, one heart – let’s get together and feel alright!” We are the true justice – the loving success that Zechariah said to administer. When we love, we unleash the kingdom of love within and allow it to flow into every crack and crevice of the universe, into every light and stream, into every breath, and every star, and every galaxy – and keep giving, and giving, and giving.
Say throughout this meditation to yourself and know throughout the day, “I am the gift that keeps giving.”