Today we went to the old stadium park. We hadn’t been there for a while, but it’s been raining so much in the past month and today was sunny so we packed the kids & went out to play. It was also a good chance to do some Hinokishin.
Hinokishin means “the day’s contribution” and refers to acts performed as repayment to God for the daily blessings of life and our loaned bodies. Hinokishin often takes the form of cleaning or otherwise providing assistance for the benefit of others, however, can be as simple as greeting someone with a smile to brighten their day, or helping someone cross the street. In this case, sweeping up litter around the park and play area makes the place more enjoyable for all the neighborhood kids. Others who see us may also want to help tidy up as well.
You might say that Hinokishin seems a lot like volunteer work. Many of our friends and family volunteer their time generously and work tirelessly for good causes, which results in bringing happiness or support for those in need. The fact is, all acts of kindness to others are very similar to Hinokishin, with one important difference – the mindset we hold when engaging in the action.
If we hold the feeling of joy and gratitude for the daily blessings we receive while performing altruistic acts; or when we suddenly have the urge to help others because of the happiness we feel inside knowing we are being kept alive through God’s workings; or when we volunteer our services in appreciation for the healthy body that we enjoy, then it becomes Hinokishin. It’s our way of saying “Thank you” to God the Parent.
The boys were lucky enough to make a new friend today at the park & they all enjoyed some Waiola Shave Ice afterwards.