When I look at what’s going on in the world I promise to wake up and offer part of the benefits of my morning meditation outward. It has me engaging with what Generosity means & how to practice it today when so much is being taken away or minimized. It keeps me in the energy of of #abundance. One of my favorite stories about the value of generosity is called Stone Soup.
“There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveler coming into a town beset by famine. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveler from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there’s no food anywhere to be found. The traveler explains that he doesn’t need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them. The villagers watch suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills an enormous pot with water. With great ceremony, he pulls a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water. He sniffs the brew extravagantly and exclaims how delicious stone soup is. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentions how good the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it. A villager brings out a cabbage to share. This episode repeats itself until the soup has cabbage, carrots, onions, and beets, indeed, a substantial soup that feeds everyone in the village.”
This story teaches us that the value of sharing is especially important when we feel like what we have is limited thereby causing us to constrict, hoard or withdraw. The example of food is used but this can also apply to when we stop sharing acceptance, respect for the earth, equal rights or put conditions on giving love or anytime we hold back. The traveler represents the potential within each of us to inspire those around us to be more generous.
No matter what happens what we can control is our own thoughts and actions. Keep giving. Stay generous. #BeKind #TeachPeace