5 Ways to Be More Generous
As a result of practicing yoga, I have changed the way I think about generosity. I have learned to give without expectation and to always remain mindful of the quality of my generosity. Generosity in yoga is an interesting learning based partly on two of the five Yamas:
It means the opposite of taking (Asteya) whereby we share freely with a focused quality effort. Generosity implies looking at life through a prism of abundance instead of scarcity. In yoga, this is known as Aparigraha: there is more than enough for everyone.
As Rumi says, “In generosity and helping others: be like the river. In compassion and grace: be like the sun.”
5 Ways to Be More Generous
Unconditional generosity, giving, and helping others is from a heart of unconditional loving kindness. Here below are suggestions for how to be more generous in daily life.
1. Give more time.
Take a moment to think of ways you can be .
Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com
Why does something that looks so easy seem so challenging? It’s a variation of #camel pose. Something different from the original. The shape shifting to arrive into the final form is at first clumsy, but with time, gets more fluid. Perhaps this feels so good because it’s how I live my life. Shape shifting, or rather transforming myself into the next stage of personal evolution. My original state of grace is still there, but life’s lessons have enhanced the original. I know more than I did when I started. Welcome 2016 and all your newest variations!
“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”
― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow.
We make a million transitions in our lifetime most of which get ignored. Yet, the getting where we’re going and leaving where we’re at is but a moment in time. The majority of our life is spent in the space between now and then. Our life’s quality is about the transition.
1. Breathe. Inhale, hold the breath in, Exhale, hold the breath out. That space is your transition. Get practiced and comfortable with it.
2. End the battle you have with life. Life actually knows what it’s doing. Allow your body’s intuition and your heart to move you, be with you. Something better is coming along.
3. Meditate. Stop moving, get still, just sit quietly and let yourself befriend time and transitions between your thoughts.
4. Be here now. You can stop trying to get somewhere. Maybe this is it. You don’t know. Enjoy this before it’s over, for you never know how long “this” lasts.
I learned long ago, that on the mat we are learning about transitions at the end of every class through the pose of savasana. Savasana literally teaches us to be as comfortable with endings as we are with beginnings. May we learn how to transition throught life with more grace. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia