For the last couple of months, I’ve shared my thoughts on Generosity. Generosity is the practice of giving without the expectation of receiving, and, giving wholeheartedly, without regret. In this post we’ll continue by exploring where generosity comes from …. that place inside of ourselves in which generosity automatically springs forth.
Generosity becomes a natural part of life when we realize that we’re all woven into an interconnected web of existence. Initially, we aren’t able to see that web of interconnectedness so clearly.
We’ve been conditioned to believe that we are separate individuals living in the same world, rather than believing that we are all part of the same One. When we understand that we’re all part of a collective, we’re inspired to think, speak and move in ways that are compassionate, loving, and respectful of ourselves and others. What happens in one corner of this web, is surely felt at the other end. There is no separation.
Generosity becomes effortless when we realize that no one is truly free, until all sentient beings are free. If there’s suffering over here, then there’s suffering, period. It’s not his suffering, or my suffering, there’s just suffering. We give not because we should, or because it’s the right thing to do. We help our brothers and sisters because they’re simply extensions of ourselves, and we’re all in this life together.