Daily I'm more and more appreciative of the kindness and generosity of others. The tech support person who truly listens, and solves the problem. The acquaintance who gives me a spontaneous hug. A friend's well-informed guidance on ways to take political action. An invitation to dinner. Ordinary generosity is taking on extraordinary dimensions these days: a kind word, oranges brought to a meeting, a hand-written note.
In a culture of increasing divisiveness, fear and uncertainty, kindness and generosity are balm for the heart. I am especially grateful to be co-hosting a webinar series, "Giver, Receiver, Gift: The Spiritual Practice of Money," with Linda Ruth Cutts through the San Francisco Zen Center. Buddhism has much to teach about the interconnection of life, our attachments, and how to cultivate generosity.
Now, more than ever, is a good time to practice generosity with ourselves, others and in our relationship to money.