The Generosity Experiment - A Fourteen-Day Meditation Series
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In the early days of March 2020, just as spring was about to show the first signs of emergence, we all found ourselves sequestered; sent fallow—dormant—like the trees around us. Like so many, I found myself staring at the news unsure of what our collective future would hold.
Would I lose those I love? When?
Would my health become compromised?
Who would raise my child if I became ill, or worse?
I became preoccupied with photos of empty store shelves and visions of a future spent a minimum of six feet away from even my closest friends and family. It was a future of food scarcity, unemployment, illness, and fear.
While grocery shopping one day, I felt myself lunge greedily for the last bottle of ketchup in a mega market stripped of its items. I tossed the ketchup into my cart and wheeled my way quickly to the check out with my few treasures. When I got to the car, I caught sight of myself in the rear view mirror. Was this breathless, afraid, greedy, tired person who I wanted to be? Was ketchup-lunger really the best moniker I could make for myself?
I’ve had a meditation practice for sixteen years, and a yoga practice for twenty-two. Every day I espouse the virtues of honesty, integrity, compassion, and generosity yet, when push came to shove and I found myself needing to lean on those practices, I abandoned them in favor of scarcity—a selfish kind of fear. Who I would I be, I wondered, if I turned toward the things that scared me, instead of running away? Who would I be if truly embodied the practices I preach?
And so, The Generosity Experiment was born. I woke up the next morning with fourteen prompts for fourteen days of generosity of spirit. While finding ways to give financially is, was, and ever will be an important part of the practice of generosity, these prompts are all non-monetary. This series strives to reach people irrespective of their financial situation and cultivate a community of curious givers; of spiritually generous friends and neighbors. The original experiment runs the length of our initial quarantine period and is meant to be done daily, but can always be taken on individually at your leisure. I’ve enjoyed revisiting them many times now. They always ground me, open me, and remind me of who I strive to be.