In our interdependent world, generosity is fundamental to the economy of life. Even the most basic biological functions involve receiving something from others (nutrients, oxygen, life), processing it in some unique way and then passing it on into the matrix of life.
Fundamentally, the practice of generosity puts us in touch with these truths:
- We are interdependent and not alone.
- We are already relying on the generosity of others to live.
- Our liberation is shared and we are bound together.
- The human spirit is made for generosity and it calls out the best of who we are.
- We are already all right and can give without anything bad happening to our loved ones or to us.
- Sharing resources is life-giving for all involved.
The Seven Stones
The Generosity Marketplace provides a direct way for us to practice generosity by creating pathways for others to live from and work within Sustainable Abundance.
Through the Generosity Marketplace, you can make a voluntary contribution of any amount that another member of the community can use to help defray the cost of their development. The Marketplace allows you to contribute above and beyond the amount of your own tuition, fees and materials so that others have better access to exploring the courses, coaching and products offered by Seven Stones—in other words, you have an opportunity to pay it forward. And your contribution represents an investment in a global movement.
How to Contribute
Go to the Generosity Marketplace page and enter a voluntary contribution of any amount. Then another member of the community can use your contribution to help defray the cost of their purchase.
How to Receive
In the shopping cart, apply available funds on any purchase you make on the Seven Stones website. These funds come from another member of the community who has chosen to put generosity into practice by contributing to the Generosity Marketplace fund.
Why no 501c3?
We chose not to create a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for the Generosity Marketplace so that the emphasis of our practice of generosity is not on what we get in return for our “good deed,” but rather on the choice to give.
Other Ways to Practice Generosity
Mindful attention can help us see more clearly how much to give in particular situations—or whether or not it’s appropriate to give. Here are some questions to consider:
- What is happening in my body when I give?
- What is happening in my mind?
- When I give, is there a sense of ease, openness, and loving kindness and compassion in my heart, body, and mind?
- When I give, is there a feeling of depletion, weakness, fear, anger, pity or confusion—a contraction of my heart, body, and mind?
Generosity Practices to Consider
- Can I go beneath my stories, ideals and beliefs about how I want the exchange to be or not to be, or how I believe it is “supposed to be” or “not supposed to be”?
- Can I mindfully recognize when I am caught in stories, beliefs, or wishful or aversive thoughts in relation to generosity?
- Am I giving beyond what is appropriate, or giving beyond what may be healthy for myself emotionally and/or physically?
- Are my heart, body, and mind relaxed, open, and joyful when I feel I’ve given “just enough,” or do I experience anguish and contraction of the heart, body, and mind in giving “too much”?
- Am I aware of when the most generous act might be to step back and simply let people take care of themselves, to let go and allow a situation to “just be” and work itself out?