I posted this on my Facebook just now and wanted to share it. This is true and my personal experience for the past month:
A very wise spiritual teacher told me that 2012 is the year of ‘purging and letting go’. This person made a huge impression on me by telling me how every day, he gives at least one thing away to someone. I decided to try it out; after all, I have a LOT of STUFF to give! So, for the past month, I’ve been trying it out, giving something, every day. Sometimes, it’s a physical possessions – giving a gift to someone, or donating something; sometimes, it’s a kind few words or loving advice; sometimes it’s much needed intuitive guidance; sometimes it’s a quick “hello, isn’t it a beautiful day?” text or email; sometimes, it’s a simple smile to someone who clearly needs it. Once, it was just my presence and support for a very difficult task. So, every day for the past month, I’ve ‘consciously’ given something away, and you know what? It’s been an amazing experience. I learn something new and release a bit of what is no longer needed, both within and without, each day. Imagine if everyone in the world gave something away every day… just one small thing. What a world this would be. I highly recommend this practice for anyone with low self-esteem – what a difference you can make by just a simple giving, generous heart!