“Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go There You Are
Caregiving is a generous act in itself. Invite generosity into your mindfulness practice this week to notice how it makes you feel.
When we are generous, we offer freely and without expectations of a return:
We may offer a compliment to help elevate someone`s sense of worth.
We may offer time to connect to someone who is lonely.
We may offer to take someone out to lunch in order to show our love for them.
We may offer understanding when someone is in need of support.
We may offer support by donating or volunteering our favourite causes or organizations.
We may offer our time as caregivers to our loved ones so that their well-being is improved.
What I have found in my own practice of generosity is that seemingly small gestures have a ripple effect. We feel more connected and happy when we give, and so do those who are on the receiving end – both the individual and the community.
Do you have any examples of generosity that you’ve been shown by others that continue to resonate with you? I would love to hear your stories in the comment section.