This is the time in the US where the Thanksgiving holiday encourages acknowledging what you feel thankful for in your life. Contained within a feeling of thanksgiving is both an element of giving and one of receiving.
Receive your breath
Think of taking a breath. As you inhale, have an attitude of truly receiving that breath, of appreciating all that it does within you without any conscious direction. All of the necessary chemical interactions and coding take place without your understanding or awareness. There is a remarkable intelligence in play that has much to reveal to you. As you exhale, you release what is not needed and provide the carbon dioxide that is required by the plant kingdom.
The process of breathing is a wonderful metaphor for how you live life. Do you tend to hold your breath when you are scared or tense, not allowing the flow of possibilities to be received and expressed? Or do you have a feeling of reverence for the breath that gives you life? In your expression of who you are, you give to world.
May you have a wonderful holiday, filled with an appreciation for all that you receive and all that you offer of yourself…
Reflect on this
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
You may want to share something from this process. Sharing is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action. Use this arena to share whatever moves you.