The Practice of Generosity


"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi
 
We have all been touched by the generosity of others, whether that generosity materialized as much needed funds, a warm hug, a kind word, a hot/free meal, even the repair of something for which we are not charged.

We breathed in the goodness of the moment, and kept on moving.
 
In many cultures, generosity is part of how people interact each day, every day, whether they are making and giving away food, money, shelter, or clothes. Their deep connection to what truly matters frames their actions as they keep giving.
 
One of the ways I am reviewing my relationship to generosity is to evaluate my practice. If I am miserly with myself, I am also miserly towards others. I make judgments about how much money I can give, depending on the "Asker".  The whole internal dialogue about what is the right amount of money to give obfuscates my view of generosity.
 
Money and giving is one way to review your relationship. There are many applications for generosity, including the giving of ideas, time, help, resources, energy, etc. We do seem happiest when we are giving away what we hold precious or dear. Yet we also seem to categorize our giving so that it meets certain criteria. How deserving is the person in need? How generous do we feel today? What's in it for us?
 
I think it's time to rattle the cage of giving. For one week, let's practice being generous.
Look at areas where you give easily, openly. Look at areas where you hold back. What holds you back?  
 
Each time you stop or hold back from being generous see if you can identify the belief(s) --that which constricts your giving. If being generous is how you wish to live in the world, you may want to re-frame your thinking so that you can fulfill your potential. Model the behavior you wish to express/experience

Posted on September 17, 2013 and filed under September 2013.