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Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.
we feel like closing our hearts, generosity
can take us beyond fear and help us keep them
open. Our wisdom and awareness will tell us
what generosity might be in any particular
situation. Knowing what the situation demands
depends on generously giving ourselves enough
space to see clearly, which in turn depends on
not holding anything back for ourselves. The
true point of generosity is to free ourselves
from wanting anything. If we are free from
wanting anything for ourselves --
including confirmation, peace, freedom, and
enlightenment --- it is possible to
give away anything we might have.
are some ideas about how to be generous:
is allowing yourself to feel your feelings
-- even if you think they're
selfish. Acting out your feelings,
however, may not always be generous.
is giving yourself time to feel the space
around any situation. It's inherently
contained in taking a deep breath. In many
cases, being silent is a form of
can be honoring your own needs first and
then looking to the needs of others. It's
giving yourself good food, rest, and
relaxation when you need it. It is making
friends with yourself. This may require
accepting qualities, opinions, and actions
that are beneath the standard of your
very generous to become aware of your
story lines and learn to jump over them.
The best way to do this is to touch in
with the present moment. You can do this
with your senses.
is the willingness to connect with others.
It is also allowing others their opinions,
without trying to change them.
generous to let your children be
themselves. Notice when you're trying to
control them. Are you acting for their
safety, education, or well-being-- or
for your own convenience?
is knowing when to let things be, without
trying to "fix" them. It's
knowing that truth is more satisfying than
is saying yes instead of no. This may mean
activating your will and going beyond
habitual patterns of addiction,
depression, anger, and other negative
emotions. It's being willing to open
yourself to yourself.
generosity in not expressing every
complaint. Can you see an opportunity in
generous to be satisfied with what you
is allowing life to flow through your
all, it's being fully involved with
whatever you are doing.
teaching says, "Generosity is the virtue
that produces peace." Try it and see if
you think this is true.
This article was excerpted by permission from Carlos Warter's book Pathways
to the Soul, copyright 2000, published by Hay House Inc. www.hayhouse.com.
Warter M.D., Ph.D. is a medical doctor, transpersonal spiritual
psychiatrist, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of consciousness
raising and alternative healing. He is the author of Soul
Remembers and Who
Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self.
Born in Chile, Dr. Warter has been awarded the United Nations Peace
Messenger and the Pax Mundi awards for his humanitarian efforts. He
presents keynote speeches, workshops, and seminars both in the U.S. and
throughout the world. His website is at
www.doctorcarlos.com and his email Heartnet@aol.com.
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