For some of us it comes easy, and for others, like myself, giving sometimes feels awkward. I worry about the power issues, the “how much is enough” issues, and then there are the “is this really wanted” thoughts. It’s no wonder that learning to give is associated with the development of our intuition and also our spiritual growth.
Giving is prescribed by almost every religious tradition and expresses a fundamental aspect of our interdependence and need for each other. Not only that, in learning how to give, we accelerate our own physical and emotional health. As if we needed proof, science has shown that generosity is one of the four fundamental brain circuits that map with long term well–being.
So here are some ways to get started:
- Hold a door open
- Offer a kind word and encouragement
- Give a compliment
- Listen without interruption
- Make a call when your intuition tells you to
- Donate or support an organisation doing good work
- Forgive others and yourself
- Prepare a meal for a friend
- Don’t judge someone harshly
- Keep your power and attention in present time
We can give as part of being well-mannered and we can also come to an experience of the mystery. As Caroline Myss writes: “I think it is the invisible power of grace, moving between the open hearts of the giver and the receiver. The action itself, may be small, but the energy that is channelled through the action is the high-voltage current of grace.”
For more see “The book of Joy” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams or “Invisible Acts of Power” by Caroline Myss.
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