When I came across this quote I was really intrigued. Who is Twyla Tharp? Turns out she’s a dancing legend who has written several books on creativity and mindset. She’s in her 70s now and isn’t slowing down.
“Be generous. I don’t use that word lightly. Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.” – Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
Like many creatives and entrepreneurs, Twyla says she’s faced her share of fear about her talents and performances over the years. But she has mastered ‘mind over matter.’ One of her top tricks for overcoming fear is getting lucky…and she says you do that by practicing generosity. And she really got me thinking about the energetics of generosity.
Judith Orloff, whose books have helped so many empaths, talks about the transformative effects of giving in her book, The Power of Generosity. “Why don’t you leave five dollars in the bathroom? Someone will find it and feel lucky. Then they’ll believe anything’s possible.”
Buddhist teachings are full of lessons on the positive benefits of generosity. Dharma says that the act of being generous is like an intention to release attachment to gratifying our ego. And where does fear come from…that’s right, ego! When you are giving, you send a powerful healing message to the subconscious mind that you are safe. The ego wouldn’t expect you to give generously if you were impoverished or threatened or cast out of ‘the tribe.’
Get creative with your generosity and have some fun. I love the idea Judith has about leaving five bucks for someone to find. But what about listening generously? Praising and acknowledging someone generously? How about being generous with your time and help? Could you generously create opportunities? Or share in someone’s joy or sorrow? How would it feel to be generous in giving someone the benefit of the doubt (see how that’s the opposite of judging)? You see how this could just go on and on!
And remember, there’s no reason you can’t be generous with yourself!! If you stop and think about, I bet you’ll find some areas where you’re pretty stingy with yourself. So let the energy of generosity transform the energy of fear into something much more joyful.