Our discussion about giving and receiving continues. Author Shakti Gawain says:
“Receiving and giving are opposite energies that are inextricably linked together in the natural flow of life, like inhaling and exhaling. If one aspect of that cycle doesn’t function, the entire cycle ceases to function and the life force cannot move freely. If you can’t inhale, you will soon have nothing to exhale, and before long, your body will be unable to continue living.”
What are the implications during this Holiday Season of the notion that giving and receiving are of equal importance?
We’re well into the holiday season now – a traditional time of giving and receiving gifts – our topic for the three days of this week’s Study Hall.
Shopping can turn into work very quickly, and gift-giving can become a chore if our intentions are not carefully chosen and honored. Our culture is immersed in comparison – bigger, better, faster – so that the heart of a gift can be lost with excess attention on the object and with insufficient attention on the giving. It has also been difficult for human beings to receive gifts for those same and other reasons.
What have been your delights and challenges in giving and receiving gifts? How much do you enjoy giving? How about receiving?
How do you feel about unconditional giving? Is it really possible, or is every “gift” inevitably tied to an expectation or hope of some kind?