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I think I am my most generous
when my heart is broken . . .
it’s like the world has stopped around me,
my heart is wide open,
and I am more firmly planted in the present.
I certainly feel generous when I have a surplus of time and energy. That is when I am ready to give the most openly. I can make more space for myself to foster that sense of expansiveness.
I’m working on that after a zoom about Positive Intelligent, which is also a book – the goal is to identify and deal with the thoughts that Sabotage us and to learn to identify with the Sage within us. It’s a wonderful program! 🙂🤗
I suppose when I would feel generous, I am not at that moment. Generosity feels to me is like a natural well when my heart is open and happy to give whatever might be of service. To living with an open, sensitive and vulnerable heart is the chosen way and work in progress. Thank you for this question.
Good questions. Perhaps a question that arises is, “Is generosity something that is done or a state of being?” Is it perhaps just a facet of who I really am?
Happy Australian Citizenship Day🦘:)
I feel generous when I know there is genuine need and I feel safe. I tend to make lots of donations to places like this site that I know have a good reputation. I like to reference Charity Navigator that rates charities.
Thanks, Rabbit – donating to charities is a wonderful way to be generous, isn’t it, when one can afford it?! 🙂🎁🎁🎁🤗
This actually was a hard one for me. By nature i am a giver. I don’t think there are any circumstances. If I see something whether its physical or something like information and can be useful to someone I share.
I truly believe what is meant for me i will recieve so i don’t have a problem sharing.
My problem can be on the receiving in as that is hard for me. Also when i get hurt it cuts deep and makes me retreat from that person or situation. Yup i am a work in progress
A work in progress – aren’t we all, Racel! 👷👷
I have to admit, I peaked at the other reflections before formulating mine. Dusty Su, like you I desire to be more generous. Antoinette, like you, I’m aware of the detrimental effects of lack consciousness. I believe generosity brings joy. Paradoxically, I feel most generous when I’m joyful. This is a powerful question, I know I have more to give and I’m trusting that the opportunities will present as I’ve been opening myself more fully. Maybe that’s the first step, really declaring “I want to be of service”. Self-centeredness isn’t working.
Generosity does bring joy, but not when we walk around feeling like we lack or are missing something. I believe you’re right. Being of service is important, but maybe we could let go of even thinking that it’s service? Maybe it’s us all caring for one another that’s where it’s at. We are all one and we serve one another.
When I take time to listen to another and respond with compassion and empathy. Time cannot be recouped so I equate it with generosity. I truly believe that sometimes the words, “I hear you” have meant more to me personally than the words, “I love you.” Why? Because to be willing to truly hear both the joy and sorrow of another is to be loving.
Carol, giving your time and truly hearing someone is a generous gift .
I try to bring my “A” game to everything that I’m involved in. My goal is to be an active participant in my life. Sharing my experiences openly with others and being available to listen.
I am most generous when I perceive myself to have abundance and another is in need of the same. I suspect I could manifest my most generous self by maximizing my ability to both see the sometimes nuanced needs of others, while also maintaining awareness of all my areas of abundance.
I feel most generous when I understand the dynamics of the situation. When I feel judged – I feel less than generous. I guess I can bring forth those feelings of generosity by being curious.
When I am grateful for my good fortune in life and see the lack of it in others lives. Dusty Su said it well with “you can’t out give love.” I help (donate) with a few charities who lend assistance to the less fortunate but fall short on personal volunteering.
I’m the same way, I donate $ but should start to volunteer. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂
I am at reasonable peace with my own personal level of being a generous person. I am, of course, most generous when its clear that a person’s basic needs are not being met, or, if someone is in danger in some way. That said, it’s also important to say that being generous should go hand-in-hand with giving responsibly, especially when it comes to money. I think it’s truthful to say that my wife and I give of ourselves in deed, action, and monetarily in responsible ways that are in keeping with our abilities and values. Yet my wife has also…somewhat…jokingly has said to me, “If I croak before you do, you’ll probably fill the house up with runaway children and dispossessed adults until you went broke,” to which I said, that would be wonderful! But I get the message and know that we have a good partnership in our combined generosity.
So funny Kevin !
love the ‘if I croak before you do’ part, lol.
I appreciate your wife’s term “…dispossessed adults…”
I feel most generous when I give of my time and patience, something I practice daily.
I feel generous when someone/something I care about is in need and I can help. I bring forth my most generous self by being empathetic and caring. This is my character.
Michele, you seem like a really wonderful person who I would love to meet in person! Hugs 🤗
awww, thank you Antoinette. This made my morning!
Happy to hear Michele! It’s true. Some of us have been here for years now. It’s funny how we feel like we know each other !
Have a lovely day !
Good question. I feel most generous when I am not living out of a picture of lack. When I am grateful for life and lack noting.
Today I was falling in the trap of the pictures of lack.
Letting go and coming back to the present moment makes me feel grateful. I’m in more of a place to be generous when I am grateful.
I Echo Yram’s sentiments. Thank you for posting.
You expressed what I was thinking. I give more of my heart and talent than money and volunteering. This is a good question to ponder.
Ha, ha, I mostly don’t feel generous. I know I give a lot as a full-time volunteer, but it never feels like giving. You can’t out-give love. Plus, I know I fall short, too. I want to challenge myself to be more generous. I don’t have a lot physically to give, but I try to give time, heart, spirit, company, support. This question inspires me to seek what more I can give, but I also know I need to find the energy and inspiration to do so, which in reality is often by faith. Taking the step to do it, even when you don’t feel like it, releases generosity, which then takes on a life of its own.
How was Belize? I read you were back in Australia, hope all is ok. I’ve missed your presence on here:)
Happy Australian Citizenship Day🦘:)
Tx for asking and your kind words.
Belize was amazing, but challenging on so many levels. Hot, mosquitoes galore, poor infrastructure, very undeveloped. But the nature was stunning, and the people were amazingly friendly, grateful for companionship, especially at end of life. I had very meaningful exchanges. That was the hardest part to leave.
Now in Aus helping with my mom’s needs as she transitions out of this life. Stage 4 lung cancer. She’s pain-free at this point, so we share moments of joy, good food, a glass of wine, and the gift of time. Alzhiemers is the hardest part, but we flip it as best we can. We being my sister too. Xxx love n laughter 😃 to you dear soul. ❤️
thanks for the update. I send you loving energy as you and your sister help your mom transition. 💗
Thank you. I appreciate that energy. It will wrap us in grace.
“You can’t out-give love.” Beautiful, Dusty Su!
True too. It’s fun to try, though.
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