Do you feel like you are filled to the brim with “stuff” to do? Work, family, health, social life and the list goes on and on and on… . Your energy may feel like it was just sucked up by a vacuum. What if you are missing out on an opportunity to boost your energy, pretty easily and for free; would you do it?
I want you to think of your energetic body like a balloon. When you are energetically full, you feel this sense of lightness, ease and ability to give to others. When energy is sucked out of you, you feel a little warped, exhausted, deflated and unable to give. And simply stated, sometimes you feel like you are on the verge of bursting and ready to POP. Sound familiar anyone?
How do you balance your energy? You likely have heard about eating well, exercising and making sure hormones levels are up to par. All good stuff, now here’s something else to consider. Have you ever thought about linking your energy level to the gift of receiving? Yes, you heard me right, receiving.
You’ve likely experienced this, perhaps when out in nature at a beautiful location. Remember a time when you were able to soak up the sun or natual beauty and it filled you with inner peace or happiness. Or think about a time when you were enthralled with music or art, where the sound or image really captured your attention and gave you this sense of calmness or perhaps invincibility, if it’s your favorite rock song. There are endless ways to receive gifts from other people, nature, music, arts, spirituality, pets, hobbies and so forth.
Now let’s dive in and explore receiving from others. If someone is walking down the street and says “Hey, I really like your shirt.” Do you say “Oh this old thing, I got it 50% off” or do you fully embrace the compliment, RECEIVE it and say thank-you?
When a friend offers to buy you lunch, do you say:
- “Oh no, I’ve got it” and insist on paying.
- Haggle back and forth for a awhile, cave in to the gift and then insist you are paying next time.
- Gratefully accept the gift with appreciation.
Receiving, my friend, also helps you increase your positive energy. Not only does it fill up your balloon by receiving gifts, it also acknowledges that you see value in yourself. Do you value yourself? If yes, then why the heck wouldn’t you accept a gift that adds to your value. Others are showing their appreciation of you, are you open to accept it?
Consider this, when someone offers you a gift/compliment, not only accept it graciously by saying something like “Wow, that is so kind of you, I really appreciate this special treat today” AND say to yourself, YES, I am open to receive gifts and am deserving of these gifts. Then FEEL the emotion associated with the gift: gratitude, happiness, joy, love. If you are too busy arguing about it, you lose the intensity of the positive emotion and lose energy in arguing. Openly recieving adds personal value and positive energy into your life, for free. The person gifting you is doing so for a reason, embrace it!
Perhaps our independent culture or your upbringing sees you as being strong-will and needing to do it all yourself. Is that really serving you? Are you exhausted? When you deny these gifts, your balloon is deflating, deflating and deflating and you can’t figure out why. Challenge yourself this week: receive each gift that comes your way with gratitude and see what happens. You may be a magnet for gifts; aka, positive energy that makes you balloon float with ease.
Please share how you were able to receive this week.