One of my very favorite mantra’s that I use to guide my choices is a quote from Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
In last nights Workshop #6 in the Making A Deeper Connection series we dove into the Heart Chakra. This Chakra which is located in the chest is our “action” center, which means where we give and receive. If you think about what main organs reside in our chest(the heart and lungs), we acknowledge that without these two major organs functioning we would not be able to sustain life in our bodies. Similarly if we give without receiving, or receive without giving we are not able to sustain a balanced emotional body.
In simplest terms take time to really acknowledge someone’s thank you when you do something for them. That acknowledgement is the balancing receiving gift to the one you freely gave. Maybe it’s just a smile…but notice how in that simple recognition how you absorb the warmth of the interaction and how it makes you feel at a deeper level within your body. Let yourself feel your act of giving not from outside of yourself but from the inside which gives your emotional self the validation that you are living as your authentic self.
Giving without receiving means that you are missing half of the experience, just as receiving without giving is only half of the full experience.
How often do you only experience one half of this equation? Be curious with yourself and observe your interactions with others and what you may be missing in the simplest of situations. Your emotional being will start to feel fuller, calmer and more confident and loved when you allow yourself to participate in both sides of the equation when it comes to giving & receiving. I am growing and learning to be present enough to enjoy this experience in my life…how about you?