Have a Loca Style
by Nancy Marmolejo
from Comadre Coaching
In Native American cultures, the give away ceremony is the ultimate act of selfless giving. Rather than expect the community to shower a person with gifts on a special occasion, the reverse occurs: the honored individual presents everyone else with something special.
If you attend Pow-Wows or other Native gatherings, you'll see lots of give aways and will observe first hand how the values of selfless giving are modeled and reinforced for all generations.
An underlying value of the give away is to keep one's belongings to a minimum, sharing abundance with all those around. Nomadic tribes did not equate a person's wealth with possessions, so the give away not only showed generosity, but kept a light load for easy travel and mobility.
Having a give away of your own doesn't have to be anything elaborate or as ceremonial as a Pow Wow, but holding the same intention of sharing your wealth with others can bring incredible creative gifts.
The Loca Style Give Away
More likely than not, you have more possessions than you know what to do with. I'm not saying you're a hoarder, but take a look around and see what items near you are absolute and essential. Use your give away as a means to clear space in your physical environment, opening you up to sharper focus and increased creativity.
Making sure that your intentions are real, that you're not dumping, and that you truly wish good things for your give away partners will help make this ritual an important and meaningful event in your life.
Tips for a Loca Style Give-Away
Understand your intentions for having a give away. If you're looking to dump your junkiest stuff, then your head and heart are in the wrong place. If you're doing this as a plan to amass future favors or to manipulate karma, then stop right now. Focus on the joy and favor that you will bring to others. The more you take yourself out of the equation, the more delighted you'll be with the surprising spiritual gifts coming your way.
Take your time choosing what to give away. Go through your possessions and make a connection between the object and someone dear to you. Sort things out in piles: Can't Part With It, Maybe, Definitely. Make sure you match the gift to the person.
Clean things up. Is it dusty, dirty or marked up? Clean it and make it look like new. Use an old toothbrush to scrub dust from jewelry, chip off the glue residuals from that hot glue gun you want to give away.
Wrap it up beautifully. Make the nicest presentation you can. Don't just throw it in an old grocery sack and say, "Here." Find some cool handmade paper, or make some special wrapping.
Personally acknowledge each and every recipient. Either written or verbally, let each person in your give away know WHY you're giving them this, WHAT they mean to you, and your WISHES and prayers for that person and their family.
Plan a Party. If you want to do this as a nice gathering, plan a party and make your give away a part of it.
Reprinted with permission.
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