“Giving and receiving is the law of life. When we give with love and accept with deepest gratitude, our souls rejoice”
What a beautiful concept, that ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ can be seen as an art, as a natural law of life. Perhaps comparable to the natural ebb and flow of the tides, it can be seen as the pure order of the universe.
I am a strong believer in the power of giving with abundance and expecting nothing in return, but perhaps maybe a ‘thank you’. Giving doesn’t have to be done with material objects or money. It can be done with some of the most precious commodities that we all have and that we can never get back – our ‘time’ and our ‘kindness’.
Everyone’s time is so precious in the hectic and fast paced era we now live in. Deciding to gift someone with your time to listen, help, heal, hug, love, forgive or to care for is truly one of the most precious gifts you can ever bless another with. But then comes the tricky part – learning to ‘receive’ and ‘accept’ with gratitude a similar act of kindness or gift of time, kindness or care from another. This is the bit that many of us may struggle with, as sometimes, we can find it hard to let our barriers down, to let others into the intimate parts of our souls and to ‘accept’ help, kindness, compassion and gratitude.
It is so important that we get the balance of what we give and we receive correct. If we continuously give of ourselves, our tanks soon get depleted and we find our energy levels low, our mood is low, our ability to let go and embrace the simple moments of joy and happiness become compromised. On the other hand, if we are continuously receiving in our lives, and offering nothing in return, this affects the natural law and flow of giving and receiving. We can become impaired to the kindness and time others are offering us and perhaps not fully experience their level of generosity and grace as our minds become cloudy and foggy in our trance of ‘taking’ and giving nothing back in return. A quote I love by Doreen Virtue is:
“ A balance of giving and receiving is essential to keeping your energy, mood and motivation at a consistently high level”
So how do we give and receive? We simply use kindness and compassion to give to others and to ourselves and to receive from others and from ourselves with a gentle heart. Gifting kind words, kind acts and your time are some of the simplest and most beautiful ways to give to yourself and others. Learning in turn to “always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting” (Brian Tracy), is honouring your true soul and helping to ignite it with passion, with love and with appreciation.
It is incredible to reach a realisation that we don’t need all the riches in the world to be able to ‘give’ to ourselves or others. Some of the kindest, most caring and generous people on earth are those who have very few tangible possessions. They are those that are truly connected to their own hearts and souls and those that have learned how incredible the feeling of ‘receiving’ even a simple ‘thank you’ from another is. That’s all it takes for the natural cycle of ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ to continually flow and create an abundance of kindness and compassion in our lives.
Another quote I find so empowering is:
“Today I have realised that people who are kind are actually the richest because they are giving away kindness, something that can never be taken or stolen. Thanks for being kind”
When you learn and practise the art of ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ in your own life, you naturally start to raise your own vibrational level and so you feel empowered and deeply connected and rooted to your own happiness, love, strength, courage and health. You realise that you are a ‘good person’ and have an internal abundance to give to yourself and others. You learn to disconnect from all of the self-critical thoughts or feelings you may have about yourself and your life and in turn, you can really embrace the true meaning and quality of life.
A lovely thought to leave you with:
“Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool”
HOW to learn the art of ‘Giving’ and ‘Receiving’:
A step by step guide on how to learn the art of ‘Giving’ and ‘Receiving’:
2. Everyday, commit to love yourself and others in your life with kindness and compassion, from deep within your heart.
3. Everyday, give thanks for your health, happiness, peace, inner strength and self-connection and for that of others in your life.
4. Everyday, try to complete or give an act of kindness to yourself or others. Perhaps give someone a compliment, hold a door for someone, call someone who may love to hear your voice, listen intently to your heart or to someone who really needs a kind and caring ear.
5. Any day that someone gives or offers you kindness or compassion, accept and receive it graciously by saying a meaningful ‘thank you’ and tell the person just how much it means to you.
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As published by The Celtic Media Group in The Anglo Celt, Connaught Telegraph, Meath Chronicle, Offaly Independent, Westmeath Examiner and Westmeath Independent newspapers w/c 21/12/2020)