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Goodwill to all men this Christmas – some thoughts on altruism this Christmas

Goodwill and Altruism at Christmas and beyond

I’m not one for Wish Lists at Christmas – a year of living out of a suitcase has taught me that core Ashtanga value (yama) of non attachment (Aparigraha), and that we really don’t need ALL THE STUFF to make us feel happy and fulfilled.

So this brings me on to what I will be wishing for this Christmas, and that is goodwill to all men. Yep, I’ve reached the point in my spiritual journey where I am wishing for peace on earth and goodwill to all men!

we rise by lifting others - giving by effective altruism

Let me justify – I learnt so much in Vipassana earlier this year, and one thing I took from it is that no matter how people have seemingly wronged you, you can still send them out love and compassion and wish them well. Even though people’s actions or words hurt you or others, try to empathise with them and realise that in someway they felt justified in those actions. I believe this way you can find peace for yourself.

This Christmas try to send out love, compassion and goodwill to ALL MEN, take a moment of quite meditation to wish well to others.

If giving to charity is financially available to you, try using some ‘Effective Altruism’ – a growing movement in Charity Donating.

(More details on Charity donating with Effective Altruism can be found HERE)

And remember, just like puppies, giving kindness to others is not just for Christmas!

Om Shanti x

 

offerings of peace and prosperity at a Shiva temple, Chamundi Hill Steps, Mysore, India
offerings of peace and prosperity at a Shiva temple, Chamundi Hill Steps, Mysore, India