The practice of the six paramitas helps us leave suffering behind as we make a mental shift to reach out and decide to cross over to the other side, where one will experience freedom, harmony, and good relationships.  The Mahayana Buddhism teaching translates the six paramitas as “perfections”. A perfect realization of how these six virtues can shift our perspectives to seek out mental liberation from our pains and suffering.  To begin, the first paramita is generosity, dana paramita. Generosity is considered a way of being to offer joy, happiness and love to others. This level of giving is one that comes from within, acts from the heart that are motivated by living in unity with others with no ulterior motive to get something back in return. There is a plant in Asia used in soups that emanates generosity. It grows back in less than 24 hours every time you cut it. In fact, the more you cut it the bigger and stronger it grows. This plant represents “Dana Paramita” where we don’t keep anything for ourselves, we give selflessly with no desire to get anything in return. When you give, you are practicing being empathetic, kind and loving and you cultivate happiness not just for others, but also yourself.  The short animated film below, The Joy of Giving, is a great video to illustrate how giving can change how we live our life.    By Kohai Dianne Hadad 3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo Mindset Coach, CPC, Warrior Spirit Circle 647-203-4882 | The WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE creates conversations for kids, parents and martial artists to discover their true self and embody their warrior spirit. Our mission is to share the practical wisdom from the classical martial arts virtues and philosophies to inspirit resiliency, confidence and vibrancy.