The best Christmas gifts carry more weight than gold and can’t be tied with a bow. Make this holiday season less about your presents, and more about the presence of your mind, heart, and soul.
Give what really matters this Christmas: your presence, your kindness, and your appreciation.
The 3 Best Christmas Gifts That Cost Nothing and Mean Everything
1. Your presence.
Too much of life goes unnoticed and unappreciated.
Bring the full might of your mind to the present moment. Show up for yourself and for others. When we’re vitally aware, we can connect with others and ourselves on a meaningful, real level. We get a better sense of the magi, the beauty, and the joy that’s found only here.
Have reverence for the present by living in it with the vibrant awareness of a conscious mind. Happiness resurfaces whenever we’ve achieved oneness with the moment; love is present in our authentic connections with one another.Presence is more than just being there. – Malcom Forbes Click To Tweet
Give the gift of your sincere, undivided attention. Listen, really listen, without thinking about how you’ll respond; listen with the intention to understand, because people need to be heard: sometimes that’s all they need.
Have a real conversation, get curious about their story, hold loosely the roles of “helper” and “helped,” and meet them behind the roles, labels, and opinions.
Your sincere presence, your authenticity, is one of the best gifts you can give; your offering is to be with them.
2. Your kindness.
If we are quick to judge, impatient, and unaware, we fail to notice that others usually need our kindness more than what we think they need.
Many of us are fighting our own battles, some of us learning to live better. We don’t need to completely understand what someone else is going through to show compassion, support, or acceptance—we all know suffering, one way or another.
We need to show compassion while we try to understand.“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi Click To Tweet
Be an encourager; the world has enough critics already. Be a beacon of light that brings the darkness out from its cover; the world has enough negativity as it is. The truth is, you never know much your kindness is needed.
3. Your appreciation.
Do not long forget to be grateful, with anything and mostly with any fellow heart. Let others know how grateful you are for their presence in your life. Say, “thank you” and “I appreciate you” and “I love you.”
Life would lose its sweetness if we had no one to share our experiences with, so hold every opportunity you get to honor these connections with a grateful heart.Trade your expectation for appreciation and your world changes instantly. – Tony Robbins Click To Tweet
Genuine appreciation of another makes unconditional love possible. It allows us to experience the magic of giving without expectation. It allows us to sink into the moment with full presence, because we respect this time and the people we’re sharing it with.
An appreciation practice makes it easier to be present with others, easier to offer our compassionate gaze.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough. It eliminates the false need to fill internal voids with material things. It shifts our focus from giving and receiving presents to giving and thus receiving love and aliveness. Your gratitude will change everything.
What do you think is the best Christmas gift that money can’t buy?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!