Earth Day got me thinking.
Spring is here—the birds are chirping, the buds are blooming, the layers are coming off and you can actually feel the pulse in the air. It’s got me thinking about The Law of Giving and Receiving by Deepak Chopra.
When the world’s in bloom, there’s an extra little bounce in my step. I breathe in a bit deeper and tilt my head back while the sun lights up my face. Mama Nature sure is dishing it out, and I relish in the spring and all of its gifts. Sitting under the cherry tree, sippin’ my iced cap the yogi in me asks “what’s my part in it all?”
According to Chopra, “the universe operates through dynamic exchange.” And we’re all a part of it. It’s this exchange of energy that keeps the life force flowing. With every breath taken, each individual body exchanges energy with the body of the universe. This is what keeps the prana, the life force, flowing.
“Stopping the circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood.” ~ Deepak Chopra
It’s essential to be open to the law of giving and receiving in order to keep the life force circulating.
How do we do this? It’s easier than you might think.
Breathe. Maintain your breathing awareness. This is the easiest, most natural way to keep the life force in circulation. A steady, effortless exchange of air with your environment. Breathe in and open up to this give and take that’s all around you.
Receive. Be grateful. Celebrate your existence. Be open and accepting of gifts that come your way, whether they be in the form of material goods, a rainbow or a smile. Open up and breathe it in. Take time to enjoy your surroundings. Take time to enjoy being you.
Give. Set an intention to give to whomever you come into contact with during your day. Give from the heart. Think beyond material gifts—in fact it’s the non-material gifts that go the furthest in this realm of giving. Give a compliment. Give love. Give a prayer. Breathe out your positive vibes into the world.
When we’re open to the law of giving and receiving and the life force is flowing, we’re in natural alignment with the universe. What I love so much about this, is the simplicity of its nature, but the greatness of its scale. We are all responsible for a little give and take to help keep us connected.
Breathe in this connection. Let the sound of your breath remind you of the connection between your body, mind and soul. Let the sound of your breath, and the breath of those who are near, remind you of your connection to all that surrounds you.
Om Vardhanam Namah
I am the nourisher of the universe.
And now, a gift from me to you.
A poem by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Peace is every step.
The shining red sun is my heart.
Each flower smiles with me.
How green, how fresh all that grows.
How cool the wind blows.
Peace is every step.
It turns the endless path to joy.
Peace, Earth Lovers!!!
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Editor: Kate Bartolotta