The Law of Giving and Receiving recognizes that the universe operates through a dynamic exchange of energy. Best selling author and motivational speaker, Louise Hay, captures this law in one sentence, “Life is very simple. What I give out comes back to me.”
The word affluence means to flow in abundance and comes from the root word “affluere”. “Affluere” means “to flow to” and you want to keep the energy flowing. Love, respect, success, money are all just forms of energy.
If you want love, you give love
If you want respect, you give respect
If you want success, you help others find success
If you want money, you give money
You get the picture. Like a river, money (or any other form of energy) becomes stagnate if you don’t keep it flowing. Circulation keeps it alive and vital.
A great example of Giving and Receiving is witnessing the breath moving in and out of the body. If you hold your breath in, you will notice how uncomfortable it becomes. Even holding the breath out without inhaling becomes uncomfortable too. If you stop the flow of either giving or receiving you interfere with the natural flow of life.
It is important to note that receiving is the same thing as giving; they are just different aspects of the flow. Many of us are not good receivers. Always be willing to accept any gift offered to you with open arms and gratitude.
Here are a few other ways to put this law into practice:
- Offer a Gift to Everyone You Encounter. The gift may be a compliment, a flower, a prayer, buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks, your full presence. This will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth, and affluence.
- Gratefully Receive the Gifts of Nature. This Fall has given us some mild temperatures and sunny days. Drink in the glorious sight of the Super Moon which peaks today...it will be big and bright.
"Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness." - Author Unknown
For you Yogis, how to practice this law on your mat:
- Whenever you notice tension in your body, breathe it out and center yourself.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude for your body just as it is. Don't judge the size or shape.
- Allow, rather than force your body into each pose.
- Fully surrender in Savasana. Bask in a practice well done.