Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

Small I, Big I

A few months ago, I had a personal “a-ha” moment in my musings of why it feels so good to give to others. The thought that I had was that basically the reason it feels good is because we remember the greater reality of our existence: we are all connected; we are all one. I found this quote today in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind – informal talks on Zen Meditation, and at it made me remember this simple maxim for my life.

“Moment after moment we are creating something, and this is the joy of our life. But this “I” which is creating and always giving out something is not the “small I”; it is the “big I.” Even though you do not realize the oneness of this “big I” with everything, when you give something you feel good, because at that time you feel at one with what you are giving. This is why it feels better to give than to take”

Does this resonate?

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29 Responses to “Small I, Big I”

  1. Jen Says:
    June 21st, 2006 at 11:31 am

    Does this EVER resonate!
    I strongly believe that we are all interconnected; not just with other humans, but with animals and the environment as well. When we engage in a truly selfless caring act (when it is done with no concern or worry for what we will get out of it)we are also looking after our own souls and our collective consciousness.

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    November 30th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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    ñïñ!!…

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