Charles Eisenstein is an author who encourages a gift culture. This excerpt was from a blog post.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What do you make of the notion of 'interbeing'? Can you share a personal story of a time you felt that the world and everything in it is a gift? What helps you to live in gratitude for life?
What do you make of the notion of 'interbeing'?
Yes, there was once a time we - a group of 30+ strangers who became a family, in sharing each one's life story, playing together while doing so or in more ways learning together, from each other; went to new strangers house in villages we were meant to serve, learned from them and served in little ways while being with them and learning more. We laughed, danced, shared things foods blessings for each other. On the final day on the final hours we were taken to a river as a surprise. It had a temple, each were on different spots around, while I was looking at a space where I could feel a lot of wind. After climbing there, I saw each one of them, some plying in the sand, some dydreming at the sky while hving their feel on water, some still chatting like evertime done.. All the feelings about each human, all the memories attached flashed. It was unbelievable that we were met only 9 days earlier. None of it was something I ever imagined, nor something I'd forget. Then the wind blowed, I smiled, realized, Life is not a check-list, but a gift box, when we dare to open each day, it is.[Hide Full Comment]
The sun doesn't shine in order to give light to life, and rain doesn't fall to water life. The sun and rain have no intention. The sun lights, rain waters, and life benefits. We attribute intention. Intention is our construct. Sun and rain and life simply interbe. Interbeing means that all that is, living and not living, is interrelated, interconnected, and interdependent. Everything affects and is affected by everylthing else. Everything is part of everything. And everything, including the sun and the rain, the world and everything in it, and ourselves, is a gift. We didn't earn any of it. We don't deserve it. We don't have to pay for it. We are part of the interbeing that is, and we are part of the evolution of interbeing. What helps me live in gratitude, when I do, is simply being aware that the world and life are a gift.
As I understand, there are two perspectives of looking at and understanding the world. I would call them scientific and spiritual. In my opinion both have value in understanding the world. As Charles Eisenstein writes, the first perspective looks at the world in which we all are separate from each other and from nature. The other perspective emphasises unity, interconnectedness, interbeing and oneness. There is one thread of energy that underlies all apparently different-not separate- entities. Personally, I am more inclined towards this unifying spiritual perspective.
I feel oneness in all beings- between me, the other and nature- when I act mindfully going beyond my self-centeredness and not bound by the narrow perspective. This expereince and this way of relating to life is a gift for me. It makes me internally rich and happy. When I live my everyday life mindfully, I live in gratitude for life
Jagdish P Davw