Generosity is an important part of cultivating appreciative joy, ease of being and, equanimity – it is an antidote to self-absorption and fear.
Feldman and Kuyken – Mindfulness – Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Pyschology.
A key aspect of mindfulness is connection and relationships, with ourselves and others. Through giving and receiving we can feel more connected with others and ourselves, open the heart and rise above self-absorption. The practice of gift economics as an opportunity to support the inherent gratitude and generosity in one another and all around us. Through our individual and collective acts we can transform the world around us.
By freely giving my time and delivering a course I am able to make it available to as many people as I can. Economic barriers fall and the course can be more inclusive. Participants contribute what they are able and willing to give. This concept is in its early stages and will take some time to develop but I hope it will be embraced and developed in the future. In the meantime, the work of the East Bay Meditation Center in California provides a good model to aim for:
By introducing the concept of gift economics I am hoping that we can develop a different way to be with each other. To quote Jacoby Ballard “we know in our hearts that there is a different way to be, a different way to live. Our generosity with one another is indeed resistance to the greed and fear that oppresses us. We provide for one another out of love for each other and love for ourselves. When we give, we acknowledge that all beings want to be happy.”