What can gifts say about me and the one gifting or giving?
Is it really more noble to give than to receive?
Do gifts come with fine print and clauses?
Must I trust to receive?
Recently, I've received various gifts. The gesture of gifting me brought up some questions about trust, vulnerability, humility and expectations.
In this post I am sharing what 'gifts mean' and what they reveal.
To me the value of the gift is in the spirit in which it is given.
The spirit of generosity is a gesture that feels authentic and warm.
The spirit of receiving is a gesture of openness and trust.
Very different from a spirit of pity and mistrust.
In a world that says there is no such thing as a free lunch, trusting gifts don't have strings attached is not easy.
What is filled with fine print and clauses is a form of protection, of mistrust. That is of the egoic mind, that protects it's agenda or identity.
My heart does not need protection, so it does not need clauses and does its best not to look for fine print.
While giving is generous and gives us joy, receiving reveals our humility and vulnerability.
It has been challenging to reveal that I am currently without a car and that I am slowly saving for it. It has meant letting myself be seen in need and admitting to myself why things are as they are.
Gifts reveal my ability to receive love.
If we can receive, then we can give. But, if we cannot receive, then, we cannot give. We cannot give what we cannot receive.
Like the land that receives nourishment from the sun and rain, we too need to receive to then give back.
Giving and receiving is like our breath, it is beyond belief and effort. Effortlessly, we breathe in and out. We don't have to think about breathing nor grasp air. Giving and receiving is beyond beliefs.
Love as a belief never suffices no matter how beautiful our beliefs.
Love as a belief means we will 'take gifts,' while dismissing their value and source.
We come to expect things because of beliefs.
I've witnessed simple gifts being overlooked even though they were heartfelt and revealed I had thought of that person.
Gifts are everywhere if we are in the moment.
Life is always gifting us.
The simplicity of my existence is a most precious gift.
I honor Life's love by receiving more openly.
Receiving means I feel worthy.
And why deprive another of the joy of giving?
Irrespective of financial wealth, I feel grateful for my heart is generous and open to receiving.
How different it would be if we passed on gifts and shared in the abundance of the resources of our planet.
How wonderful if we found a way to "gift" and share in the spirit of generosity, collaboration and love.
Do you trust enough to receive gifts and love?
How vulnerable are you when you receive love?
How do you take love for granted?
Have you truly noticed the many ways Life gifts you?