I have mixed feelings regarding the holiday season and gift giving. I love the fact that family and friends get together and celebrate the holiday season. I must say, I am questioning the great emphasis that we put on material gift giving and receiving.

There are many reasons we may not like to give gifts during this time. It may be financially stressful to buy friends and family “suitable” gifts (assuming you know what they may like or appreciate). We may go to various sales at 3 AM to complete our obligations at an affordable price (at a personal cost of sleep!). We may procrastinate purchasing our gifts until the last minute resulting in gifts that are expensive, low quality and/or not needed by the receiver. We may not enjoy the process of gift buying due to the mechanical nature of the process (missing joy).

In the context of Tending to Your Garden Within, we enjoy feeding our garden within with proper nutrients (gifts) that bring joy, love and understanding.

We can buy many gifts; however, the most valuable gifts are not obtained by spending money. If exchanging purchased gifts does not bring us joy - perhaps we need to consider exchanging a different type of gift. Very likely, the most precious gifts for this holiday season are not advertised on TV, radio or in magazines. Consider giving different types of gifts that can deeply transform our relationships into more loving and joyful ones. The poem below illustrates this concept further.

Holiday Season

A time

to exchange gifts

with our family and friends.

What gift can we exchange that

is priceless?

Perhaps exchanging a gift of


Perhaps exchanging a gift of


Perhaps expressing

how much that person means to us.

Perhaps a gift of

listening and total presence.

Perhaps a gift of


Perhaps a gift of


Perhaps a gift a


Perhaps a gift of

being kind

instead of

acting kind.


Copyright @ 2010 by Shervin Hojat

Views: 31


You need to be a member of OMTimes Writer's Community to add comments!

Join OMTimes Writer's Community

OM Times Magazine is a Holistic Green eZine with a Spiritual Self-growth Perspective for the Conscious Community.


Credibility and Reputation

Join our group of authors on Goodreads: http://ow.ly/tUyAM

Alterative Medicine Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory
Blogarama - Spirituality Blogs
Follow me on Blogarama

Help Support Us In Our Work and Keep OM-Times Magazine Free For All!!!

Where to find us


Contextual Links

Free Web Directory - Add Your Link

The Little Web Directory


Find Local News Worldwide


Who Owns The American Media

Follow Me on Pinterest
Merchant Processing Service
web directories
Submit Your Site To The Web's Top 50 Search Engines for Free!
PullDirectory.com - Add free links and articles.

Ciford Web Directory


© 2021   Created by Omtimes Media.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Omtimes writer's community