In the bible we are reminded how much better it is to give than to receive… Ha! That is the easy part. The hard part comes when you (I) have to receive.
Read my tagline!! I work to support others to health and abundance. I speak and write about abundance. I coach and counsel about abundance and yet I often struggle to accept all the bounty coming my way. I would say ironic but that would imply coincidence and I believe we often find ourselves working out our own “issues” as we try to help/fix others; the universe has a wicked sense of humor!!
Perhaps it is just me, maybe those early childhood lessons – fierce independence (not to be confused with confidence); don’t ask for help (for fear you would then be beholden to another); good old Catholic guilt (I am not worthy). It is not spiritual abundance that I find so hard to accept. It is more the generosity of other humans, the gifts from friends and family, the time and effort that a person gives. I feel uncomfortable when on the receiving end of great kindness.
It should come as no surprise then that we are currently living with friends (is this couch-surfing?) for who knows how long. Once again I find myself face to face with a personal challenge a rare opportunity to shine the light on my crap and leave it behind. (Another veil to be removed – see post from Jan 1st – “The only words you need to discover abundance in 2014”)
In the hopes that the tools I have used in the past can be of benefit to me and to you if (when) you find yourself in a similar place, here’s my list:
- I spend more time on my yoga mat tuning into the physical sensations that arise. I am often amazed at how insightful and helpful my physical body is.
- I breathe more consciously throughout the day. When I observe the breath, I note what causes the raggedness, the tightness, I am able to expand the breath to soothe my being.
- I walk longer but often more slowly than usual. The space created during exercise outside has the capacity to clear the head, the heart and the entire energy field.
- I pray and meditate for specific guidance; in this case, for the strength to release the lessons that have served me well but are no longer needed; for the willingness to be vulnerable before others; and I give thanks for all the support I have received in the past and know I am fully loved and supported in this endeavor also.
When you know you are just a breath away from God/Spirit/Universal love, finding the courage to explore within is simple. May your journey be filled with peace, joy and abundance.