As the memories of our recent Thanksgiving gatherings linger behind us, I find it a perfect time to reflect on the flip side of the “act of giving thanks” which is “knowing how to receive.”
In our holiday season we usually get the opportunity to practice the art of giving and to experience its abundant benefits – giving promotes a sense of inner and outer generosity, a sense of peace and well being, and is an act of selflessness which benefits those around you.
Yet, just as important is the act of receiving. Receiving opens our hearts, it allows us to feel loved and plants essential seeds of feeling supported and held within our community and circle of friends. Without receiving there is no channel in which to give, and the cycle of abundance and flow is broken.
This holiday season allow yourself time to reflect on how well you know how to “receive.” Oftentimes receiving can make us uncomfortable. We become the center of attention, we may have childhood defense mechanisms that block the entry of this particular energy flow, or we want to receive love and acceptance so dearly that we are not really sure how.
Use the practices of receiving in your organization to help guide you on how to receive in your daily life. (Sometimes it is easier to receive when it is for someone else!) Some of these may include:
- Know how to let “resources” come in. Reflect on how you feel when when a grant or donation comes in. Your heart may get warm and a smile may come to your face. Take the time to let both the monetary resources and emotional resources come in. This deepens our felt sense experience of being supported and sustained by those around us.
- Allow the energy you received to flow and be expressed through you. Try to find your unique way of giving thanks in return. It may be through a card or something different this year such as a picture, a collage or a drawing. The more you allow the embodiment of your act of receiving to be an expression of “you”, the more the act of receiving nourishes you from within.
- Allow there to be times where you just receive. Just as important as the suggestion above, allow times in your life when you receive, where you do not have to give anything back immediately, but you can rest, relax and “be” in the state of receiving. Here you can explore what you like about receiving, what may make you uncomfortable about it and what effects it has for you.
The more you intentionally know yourself in the act of receiving the more you can truly know abundance, from within.