Generosity comes from the heart. It is an attitude that can be trained to expand. Not only do we give Christmas presents to children, but we give love. Not only do we give love to family and loved ones, but to others as all. Gradually expanding the sphere of our love is the practice of a Bodhisattva. Not only do we love all 7.8 billion human brothers and sisters, but also all animals, including mosquitos, as well as all living beings. Not only that, but we love them equally with an open heart not wishing for anything in return. Loving those we are uncomfortable being around is the pinnacle of unconditional love. We do this because every living being like us, just wants to happy and avoid pain.
Not neglecting generosity, but adding to it, we move to the practice of patience. This we’ve discussed in more detail under the heading of anger management in several recent posts, but I will summarize, as […]
Cultivating generosity puts us on the road to cultivating compassion. The road to cultivating compassion is laid with bricks of selflessness. Like a teeter totter, when our ego clinging is reduced, automatically our love and […]
4th of July commemorates American independence. Lincoln said it eloquently during the American Civil War in his Gettysburg Address, “… a government of the people, by the people, and for the people….” He was referring […]