This article uses the archetype of a mother. You do not need to be a mother of a child to celebrate the quality of creating a taking care of something or someone. As women, we do not all choose to have children but we all have the feminine ability to hold, create and nourish our creations.
Springtime symbolizes the energy of creation. May begins with May Day, celebrating the end of winter, welcoming the blooming of flowers, fertility, and mothers. May 1st is also International Workers’ Day or Labor Day, and who, other than a mother, works harder, 24 hours a day and without monetary pay? We are paid with love and a sense of accomplishment and, on Mother’s Day, we receive flowers, jewelry, perhaps a massage.
My question to you is: Do you know how to receive?
St. Francis of Assisi said, “For it is in the giving that we receive.”
So, I ask myself, why do so many women come into my clinic feeling exhausted?
The answer is that we have forgotten how to truly receive.
Within every outward movement, whether a motion from the body or a thought from the mind, there is always a counter-movement; as a part of you moves out into the world, part of the world is coming back to you at the same time.
A hug is a simple example: when you are embracing another, you are enveloping them in your love while receiving their gift at the same time.
A few tips to practice truly receiving:
- The next time someone gives you a compliment, take a moment to accept the words without diminishment. Simply say, “Thank you.”
- At your next massage or acupuncture treatment, allow yourself to welcome the touch. If you notice your mind wandering, bring it back to yourself.
- Decrease stress in your life so that you are aware when an opportunity to receive presents itself. Find more tools on this subject here.
- When taking your daily supplements, imagine your body receiving the nutrients.
- Give someone a hug every day to practice the balance of receiving while giving.
- Most importantly, keep in mind that you are worthy of receiving. The world would not be the same without you. When you allow yourself to welcome a compliment, others might notice your new gesture of reception and practice balancing giving with receiving themselves. And, who knows? Maybe we will begin celebrating Mother’s Day every day.
Comment: Do you notice yourself shy away from receiving? What does it feel like to allow yourself to receive