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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about developing a generosity of spirit for other people in your life – whether you know them or not.

In this podcast on generosity of spirit you’ll find:

  • We normally view generosity as giving material things, time, affection, etc., but there is also generosity of spirit wherein people are in a positive mood and share that energy to others.
  • Even the extremely generous people can be unaware that they are stingy in terms of Psychological generosity.
  • What is generosity of spirit? It is accepting the fact that others may not accept and may even rip apart your own opinion or premise even before fully understanding it.
  • We don’t always have to be psychologically generous for other people to define us as a generous person.
  • We fear negative feedback because of the belief that it might influence more people to think differently than we do.
  • We are brought up in a society where things always have to come naturally oppositional to make life easier. We are fed by society on how one should behave instead of understanding the position from which a person comes from which lead him to think and behave the way he does. These are some of the reasons why it is very easy for us to judge and give negative feedback.
  • Sensationalization of negative feedback usually does more damage than the actual negative feedback. We have to remember that a person cannot be summed up by one sentence or action only.
  • Holding space for yourself and other people to express themselves without discrediting them is the healthiest thing to do to achieve a healthy co-existence with others.
  • Having generosity of spirit re-evaluates one’s position in life, makes one more open to compromise and also makes getting world feedback easier; all of which creates progress.
  • To develop a generosity of spirit, we need to realize that we could also be wrong since we focus so much on our own preferences that we think of it as morality.

 

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  • Leonard
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    Great podcast, I thought this was a very important topic and you presented it brilliantly.

    I can see where you are going with using the Graves Model and Systems Thinking in providing a background to how and why. And it brought up the following for me.

    When there is no generosity of spirit, then there would be a low level of consciousness. That says to me that the ego has control of the mind and not the other way around.

    So is the problem of lack of sufficient consciousness to have a generosity of spirit, caused by lack of knowledge of all these systems and maps. Or our almost complete devotion by the human race in general to the ego as the standard to make judgement.

    Not that I am saying the systems and maps/models aren’t useful but it appears to me they are pointing deeper than that.

    Of course there are many layers to this as with anything else, so maybe the ego control issue isn’t that relevant as yet in the world in general.

    • Joel Mark Witt
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      Thanks Leonard for sharing your insights. These are some good thoughts.

      I’ve always used a phrase I heard somewhere “The rising tide raises all ships.”

      I tend to think in terms of generosity of spirit and systems thinking in the same way…

      One could say “The rising consciousness raises all humans.”

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