Something I learned from Paula Langguth Ryan's book Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing is that tithing is not limited to giving 10% of one's income to religious institutions. In fact, tithing stems from Jewish law, predates the Bible by centuries, and has been practiced in various forms by all different cultures!
Paula suggests that tithing is about giving to the places and people that inspire us. Ideally, the money is given out of a sense of thanksgiving, not charity.
She says: "Practicing the art of tithing allows you to give up the emotional struggle that surrounds financial issues. Tithing teaches you how to release your attachments to the abundance in your life. When you release your attachment to the prosperity that flows in and out of your life, you allow that abundance to glow more freely."
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