It is from the well-spring of the Noble Heart that we can give attention to life, living in that "pure and rare state of generosity."
We extend ourselves and become generous by going beyond. Going beyond the edges of our perceived identity. Allowing those edges to dissolve a bit, to soften, so that we can receive the life in and around us the way dry earth receives rain.
Dry earth allows rain to soak in, to permeate, and in that allowing dry earth is revived and replenished.
In softening our "edges" and our armored heart, we relax our ideas of how things should be. Our curiosity, our interest, allows us to naturally, easily, go beyond the Me, me, me, beyond the usual concerns of our own busy-ness. We become more attentive to ourselves and to "the other", whether that's a person, an animal, nature or the moment itself.
When we allow the world, the moment, into the body of our attention, there is no giver, no receiver, just a seamless flow of connection that is non-violent, that demands nothing, coerces nothing, saves no one.
As as Parker J. Palmer suggests:
We must come together in ways that respect the solitude of the soul, that avoid the unconscious violence we do when we try to save each other, that evoke our capacity to hold another life without dishonoring its mystery, never trying to coerce the other into meeting our own needs.” ― Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak