As a result of practicing yoga, I have changed the way I think about generosity. I have learned to give without expectation and always to remain mindful of the quality of my generosity.
The two Yamas that are based on generosity in yoga can be a very interesting lesson.
This is the opposite of taking.
Generosity is the ability to see life through a lens of abundance rather than scarcity. This is called Aparigraha in yoga: There is enough for everyone.
Rumi said, “Be like the river in generosity and helping others.” Be like the sun in compassion and grace.
How to be more generous
Giving and helping others comes from a place of unconditional love. Below are some suggestions on how to be more charitable in your daily life.
Give more time
Think of some ways that you could be more generous. You can start by being more helpful to yourself. You can give yourself a weekly yoga class to feel the goodness in your heart. You can also offer to babysit or walk someone’s dog so that they have some alone time.
Meditation and offering your efforts to others
You can meditate by reciting, singing, or thinking this: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
I wish that all people everywhere are happy, peaceful, and free. May my thoughts, words, and actions contribute to this peace, happiness, and freedom.
Lokah: Location, realm, and all the universes that exist now
Samastah: All beings that share the same location
Sukhino: free of suffering, centered on happiness and joy
Bhav: The divine state or mood of unity in existence
The phrase antu is a powerful promise.
Think about the quality of your giving.
What if you gave away what you really value? We are prone to overdoing things in the West.
This “more is more” philosophy sacrifices quality. Don’t give away clothes that you haven’t worn for years or don’t even like. Instead, look through your closet to find a few items you really love.
“Money can be used to show generosity.” The currency of kindness is even more valuable .”– Alan Cohen
Share your ideas more freely.
For years, I have posted class plans, playlists, philosophical themes, and detailed yoga retreat itineraries in order to inspire others. I am willing to consult with others for free in order to develop new business ideas.
Please use my work as a starting point to create something better. Imitation is flattery to me. As members of the human tribe, we must be as generous and kind as possible when sharing our intellectual currency.
Schedule time for self-loving. You can schedule appointments to give yourself what you most need spiritually, emotionally, and physically…and then act accordingly. The happiest of people don’t believe that they are running out or will need a wellness break or time-out. They give themselves one.
Let’s open our hearts and minds to the many ways that we can be more generous today than ever before. We can give more of our positive energy, kindness, love, and time. Remember that your understanding of the importance of giving reflects who you are, how much you value yourself, and what you do.