Generosity: A Simple Practice of Reverence

January 20, 2014

  • That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.  ~  Simone de Beauvoir

Any practice or behavior that honors with purity of intention and genuine love is a practice of reverence.

How can we simply and with joy…honor…others, ourselves, or the Earth?

Consider this…

the practice of no-holds-barred generosity.


It heals. It cares. It makes others feel safe.

True generosity is never obligatory. It is unconditional; it doesn’t care if it is reciprocated, although reciprocity is another practice of reverence which I will talk about in a future post.

Generosity, plain and simple, just…feels…good!

According to Danielle LaPorte, generosity makes you feel “richer, healthier, shinier…vulnerable and mighty…tender and indestructible”.

I don’t know about you, but I want to feel like that every day!

There are so many ways that we can express generosity with joy:

  • We can share our unique smile or give a heartfelt compliment.
  • We can reach out with our voice, arms, hands, heart.
  • We can give of our time and our precious undivided attention.
  • We can acknowledge or validate with our words. Everyone needs to be seen, including the Earth!
  • We can deeply listen, which is desperately needed, in reality…scarce, and so healing.
  • We can share information or knowledge.
  • We can offer spaciousness, shelter.
  • We can seek to understand, ask questions.
  • We can protect, nurture that which we love, including the Earth!
  • We can give money when we are able.
  • We can offer a home-cooked meal.
  • We can wear our best pants, our favorite dress, our party shoes.
  • We can give the shirt off our back, or our last chocolate treasure.
  • We can say I Love You, Thank-You, I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me.
  • We can give someone a break, turn the cheek, offer mercy.
  • We can arrive bearing gifts.

I’m certain there are countless ways to practice generosity on any given day. I know I can always be more generous. How about you? How do you practice generosity? I’d love to hear from you!

In the spirit of generosity, I offer you A Year of Reverence. It’s FREE! You can get the details and sign up here!


With reverence, we can heal the Earth!


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