This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart right now! I recently had the opportunity to learn about receiving at a deeper level with a ‘Bask in in the Glow 2 day Getaway’ with my dear friend Christy Whitney!!
The Bask in the Glow Getaway is an opportunity to step away from what’s familiar, your day-to-day routines, the mind chatter, and all other noise, chaos etc… that’s created in the collective thinking that we are affected by in our lifestyles (whether its subconscious or conscious, it IS affecting us!) I went into her home in Portland, and I felt like I was on a retreat in a far off land:) I was immersed into her healthy living and new everyday routines. And boy, did my day and a half with her rock my world! Contact her if you are curious! firstname.lastname@example.org
See my slideshow here to take in a bit more of the details:) I just happened to be reading the book, Born to Receive by Amanda Owen, when I was invited on the getaway…On COURSE I was;) I would like to share some discoveries that I have made for myself through this process.
Since I am a modern-day woman and I have learned so perfectly to stay in a state of ‘doing’ as to make sure that I have plenty to be concerned about;) I knew that I craved a new balance. More receiving, let doing! More feminine, less masculine. I have sat with the word receive for 2 years. I know that it has been exactly two years because it started when my husband gave my Dad a kidney (see video here if you have 30 mins I had no idea what it truly meant to put the oxygen mask on me before anyone else back then as I started exploring the idea. Or what it was to act on self-care. I have made huge strides in this area due to diagnosis back in the day, but I am at a crossroads in my life where I am being asked to make the same decision out of desire rather than crisis or fear. Here are some insights from the wonderful book. As defined in Born to Receive…
Activities speed you up and burn your energy.
Receptivities slow you down and give you energy.
Let me give some examples…Walking the dog-Activity…Going for a walk-Receptivity
Everyone’s ratio for activities versus receptivities is different. But if you are having a hard time feeling energized, calm and stress-free, then likely you need to up your receptivities. A helpful exercise to do is to draw a big circle on a piece of paper and use your imagination to come up with a list of receptive acts to feast off of when needed. Here are a few that are on my list that I turn to when working on my balance.
Ideas from above…Receiving a healing session.Taking in a delicious meal and tea at one of my favorite restaurants (Mint Tea). Reading. taking in my favorite smells. Sitting in my sacred space, meditating. listening to chimes and watching a water source. taking a bath. Watching the clouds, making pictures out of them. circling up with incredible women. Mindfully taking a tea break. adorning myself. getting a massage. The list goes on and on. I love to journal and this book was an awesome resource to tap into some soul writing…so that it’s more about receiving information from your higher self (soul, God, whatever tickles your fancy;) rather than active writing from your mind. I LOVE this new awareness for my family and I!
Jake is very conscious of all the activities that he does in a day and he brought this topic of discussion to me a few weeks ago when he was feeling depleted. He is learning to ask for support here with us and he and I got these amazing new bracelets that are helping us with the receiving/mindful journey. They are from Meaning to Pause bracelets, and they are brilliant! My incredible friend Anna Chapman introduced us to them and I couldn’t be more grateful! For 1 week we have been saying 5 things that we are grateful for, every 90 mins!!! We are synced together so it is a blast. As Jake is out of town, it’s even more brilliant that I smile thinking of him as mine goes off and I know he is doing his grateful list with me! Does it get any more awesome than that! I can’t wait to hook the kids up with theirs. We plan on giving a different receptivity task every week or month to keep it fresh and mindful:) ie…breathing a certain amt. of times, tell our kids we are proud of them, or love them, be still, 5 jumping jacks…the list will be endless! Here’s to a more receptive week for everyone that reads this:)