Giving something to others

You might feel inadequate because you have a sick father and a crazy mother and you have to take care of them, or because you have a distorted life and money problems… A lot of these situations could be regarded as expressions of your own timidity and cowardice. They could all be regarded as expression of your poverty mentality.⁣ ⁣ You should also begin to build up confidence and joy in your own richness… Even if you are abandoned in the middle of the desert and you want a pillow, you can find a piece of rock with moss on it that is quite comfortable to put your head on.⁣ ⁣ We have found that a lot of people complain that they are involved in intense domestic situations; they relate with everything in their lives purely on the level of pennies, tiny stitches, drops of water, grains of rice. But we do not have to do that – we can expand our vision by means of generosity. We can give something to others. We don’t always have to receive something first in order to give something away… The nature of generosity is to be free from desire, free from attachment, able to let go of anything.’

Chögyam Trungpa

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