Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Seven Ways To Receive Generosity

Life is most generous.

When you stop to think about all that you have and all that is available to you, you realize how bountiful life truly is.

Look around at all the things you have. Consider all the hard work that went into creating these things -- your favorite chair in which you sit, the computer you use to communicate with others, the cup in which you enjoy your morning coffee or tea, the fountain that flows continuously in your garden, the wind chimes that sing in the breeze, the novel that you are reading or the music to which you are singing or listening -- all of these things were created for your comfort, convenience, and/or enjoyment. They were created for you.

Consider the natural world and what it gives -- a cool breeze on a hot day, the invigorating scent of a pine forest, the hypnotic sound of rain, the vividness of a rainbow after a storm, the sweet taste of wild berries you picked on your hike -- all designed for you in that particular moment, and all designed to keep the circle of giving going.

From the beauty of nature to the inventions of mankind that make our lives easier to the kindness we receive from others, life gives to each one of us in so many ways. Life's generosity pulls us in, allowing us to connect more deeply with it, thus making it a sacred adventure.

The magic of generosity is that it invites us to become more generous. The more we receive and accept openly, the more we want to give in return. Generosity, as defined, is freely sharing what we have with others without expectation of reward or return.  When we give, we reap the pleasure of knowing we made someone else's life a little happier.

How do you receive the things life gives you through nature or through others' contributions? Do you accept openly? Or do you pull back in trepidation?

Some people have a difficult time receiving generosity. Here are seven ways to receive it:

  • Let go of reluctance. Any sign of reluctance is letting you know that there is a deeper issue when it comes to accepting generosity. Were you taken advantage of in the past because of your generosity? Were you expecting something in return and didn't get it? Become aware of the issue, work through it, and then let it go.
  • Let go of thoughts of unworthiness. Feeling unworthy is a surefire way to push away what you deserve to have. Know that you are worthy and deserving. You were given the gift of life, were you not? Treat yourself as the gift that you are.
  • Let go of the fear of dependence. Accepting a gift doesn't make you dependent. Instead, let it motivate you toward a feeling of freedom. 
  • Let go of the idea that if you receive, then you'll be obligated to the other person. A truly generous person doesn't expect anything in return; instead, s/he sees it as investing in your happiness.
  • Practice openly receiving everyday gifts. Start small. When you awake in the morning, instead of blindly pouring yourself a cup of coffee or tea and taking it for granted, contemplate what went into bringing that beverage to your table. 
  • Be open to the feeling of being given to.  The pleasure of receiving elevates our mood making us feel happier in the process. "Happy hormones" such as serotonin (it's actually a neurotransmitter) release into the bloodstream thus increasing our mood; without it, depression sets in. When we open ourselves to seeing all things as gifts and receiving them as gifts, we increase our serotonin levels and our happiness.
  • See the Universe's resource pie as unlimited in its servings. The Universe is always open for the business of giving. All we have to do is ask and give our thanks. 
Generosity makes the world a better place for both the giver and the receiver, and it doesn't have to be restricted to birthdays and holidays. Every day is a day to give and to receive. Generosity is more than just a decision; it is a lifestyle. 

How has life been generous to you lately? Your comments are most welcome!





I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st - 7th September 2013. You can check out the website at http://writetribe.com/

20 comments:

  1. generosity is something I feel should be a part of existence. We exist and for that we need to be grateful and thereby pay it forward...

    Richa

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    1. Well said, Richa. I'm a firm believer in paying it forward. Thanks for commenting.
      Penny

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  2. Beautiful post, Penny.

    Life has been generous to me by having me surrounded by love, security and care. These are essential ingredients for anyone's growth.

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    1. Amen, Ruchira. Where would we be without love? Blessings to you! Thanks for commenting.
      Penny

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  3. Penny! I am feeling so good bout myself after reading this post. The best way to live life is to be grateful to our existence. Btw, I love ur city and waiting to fall in love with NY:)

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    1. vishalbheeroo, I'm glad that my post made you feel good about yourself. That's what I aim to do when I write. You are right; the best way to live life is by being grateful for our existence and for all that we have. Gratitude is key. I hope you get to NYC soon to experience it. Thanks for commenting.
      Penny

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  4. Wonderful post, I am glad to connect with you via Writetribe.

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    1. Thank you, Snuffles...glad to connect with you as well. I'm enjoying Write Tribe. I hope you are having a great experience with it. I know I am. Thanks for visiting and commenting.
      Penny

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  5. i have heard about being generous...to learn about ways of receiving the same was nice to read :)

    you can check out my post here-
    Karan - Brother

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    1. Thanks, Karan. Some people worry that receiving generosity is selfish, and some go so far as to get offended by acts of generosity, thinking somehow that they are being perceived as needy. Receiving generosity is actually a gift of love to ourselves from the Universe working through whatever medium it so chooses. Blessings to you. Thanks for your comment.
      Penny

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  6. Penny,

    This post touched me deeply....I am tearing up.

    Not out of sadness....on the contrary....out of a deep sense of connection to all that you are saying.

    It is almost overwhelming the tremendous LOVE that The Supreme Creator has for us that we are given freely so much....The Universe is indeed very generous.

    No matter how grateful I feel all the time for everything I've been given, I know, it will never be enough....and that is ok, too.

    Because fortunately, the Creator gave freely, too, not expecting anything in return.

    :-)

    Thank you a ton for this post!

    Sharing.

    :-)

    Kathy

    kathyhadleylifecoach.com

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    1. Wow, Kathy, I am humbled by your response. Just the fact that it touched you so deeply is evidence that the Universe works through us and that makes me start to tear up! If we knew all the love our Creator has for us, I don't know if we could handle it all! It's a beautiful thing, isn't it? Blessings my sweet friend. And thank you so much for sharing.
      Penny

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  7. To be unwilling to receive is a form of arrogance too. Yes- we all need to have the humility to receive generously

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    1. That is a valid point, Suresh. Thank you for mentioning it. It's like someone inviting you into their home to break bread with you; to refuse would be an insult. If we don't accept the gifts from the Universe, we are insulting it. Wow. Thank you, Suresh! Wonderful insight!
      Penny

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  8. Am reading such nice posts since morning.We appreciate universe generosities only for a time & then move on to crib for other immaterial things.And in between the rustle we forgets to take joys in god's small things....:)

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  9. This is so true, anuymous dev. We sometimes take things for granted. We forget. If we make it a daily practice to give gratitude, we live life on a whole different, elevated level, and then we appreciate all that we have. Here's to taking joy in God's small things, too. :)
    Penny

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  10. Sometimes it is so hard to take things from others, but then you think how grateful you are to them...and when you give you feel good too. When I am down I am amazed how kind people are that leave comments on my blog. It always makes me feel better, so I make a point to share the love and comment myself.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  11. Kathy, giving and receiving is an all around good feeling. When it's done out of desire rather than duty, it means so much more. Thanks so much for commenting. I love spreading comment love to other bloggers, too. Blessings to you!
    Penny

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  12. My life has tons of generosity. Four years ago my husband n I desperately wanted a family....we went thru iui ivfs and suffered a miscarriage .......finally I was able to say I send it to gods hand and pray to b a mom....once I was able to let go n see the generosity in my life.....my wish was granted...once i saw how the univetse eas generous with gifts.......in 2010 we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy......I never take the generiosity of the universe for granted....thank u penny for a great topic

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    1. You are definitely blessed, Anonymous :) When we give things to God/Universe, we let go and then the magic happens. We don't have to worry about the "how" of things...we trust, and then the Universe provides.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
      Penny

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