In week two of our seven week November-December class session, we put the Law of Giving and Receiving into practice on our yoga mats. The Law of Giving and Receiving states that the universe operates through a dynamic exchange, and we must be open to giving and receiving in order to keep the life force circulating within us.
We are giving of ourselves so much throughout our life that is important to remember to give to our self, to fill ourselves back up so to speak. One nice way to do this is through our yoga practice. On our mat we can be aware of our breath and our body and just be grateful that we have the opportunity to experience life in this human form. We can listen to and honor our body, and really give it what it needs that day. And we can take time to reflect on all the benefits we receive from our practice–physical, mental and emotional.
After class this morning, one of my students was telling me that in some cultures that are more community-focused than our society, it is seen as selfish to not be open to receiving help or gifts from others because this is a form of taking care of yourself, and if you can’t take care of yourself you will not be able to take care of others in the community. Selfish to not take care of yourself. Hmm, something interesting to think about.