According to famed meditator, writer and Buddhist Stephen Levine, there are three kinds or levels of giving which loosely described are:
- For other reasons other than expressly from your heart. Duty, expecting something in return, guilt, etc.
- Sharing what you have that you deem special. Time, food, information, talent, etc..
- Giving away what you deeply love and care about without any concern for redemption, gratitude or payment.
Next time you decide to be generous, consider your intention.