In today's society the successful family shares responsibilities, with each adult contributing to his family for their sustenance, and also gives through volunteer service to the community for the benefit of those in need.
From earliest times on the planet our ancestors shared with each other for survival. Each person did their part to provide for their family and community.
For example, some were hunters and brought fresh game or fish home to the family and community. And some were gatherers digging out tubers from the ground and collecting nuts, seeds, berries and other plant material to take home and share all around.
By these examples we can see that we live with each other by sharing what we have and earn in so many ways.
Start by sitting in your meditation place, and begin doing even and natural breathing like this: breathe in 1 count, breathe out 1 count, and repeat this even pattern while sitting still and thinking. You don't need to say the numbers during the meditation.
Just keep up the even rhythm of breathing. Regular breathing like this calms your mind and body and allows you to turn your thoughts to the topic of the meditation.
If you are sitting on a cushion on the floor, fold in your legs and place your folded hands in your lap. If you are sitting in a chair, place the soles of your feet on the floor and place your hands in your lap. If you like, keep a notebook and pen at your side to write about any thoughts that come to you about ways to share.
Imagine that you are having a festival at school. All the kids are going to be contributing prizes for the games to be played.
Think about something you have that is in good condition that you can contribute for a prize. It should be something you enjoy so you know for sure that some other kid will be glad to win it.
At the same time, remember that you will have a chance to win a prize too! So in this way, all the kids are sharing what they have with each other.
Think to yourself how it feels to share and win in return. Does it feel good to be in the circle of sharing?
One of the benefits is that you will have something new to you to play with and enjoy that you didn't have before, and so will the child that ends up winning your gift.
To finish your meditation take a deep breath in and let it out, open your eyes and stretch out. Take some time to write your new thoughts on sharing in your notebook.
In summary, all through life each of us has opportunities to share with others and for others to share with us. It is what keeps everyone fed, clothed, in homes and cared for. And, through sharing back and forth, we come to realize that our family and community are part of one big family worldwide family.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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