The Art of Balancing Giving & Receiving

My dear Global Yoga Community,

We always strive for balance in our life.
One topic that is not so much talked about, but is a big part of daily life, is finding the balance of giving and receiving.
For me it has been always easy to give while receiving has been a bit of a challenge.
The first time I became really conscious of my issue with receiving in all areas of my life, was through my journey with the Human Garage. This and the recent experience in my retreat in Morocco inspired me to have a deeper look into the possible reasons behind it. This is what I found and would like to share with you.

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Balancing giving and receiving in relationships can indeed be a challenge, especially for individuals who tend to be more inclined toward giving. It’s essential to find equilibrium to maintain healthy and mutually satisfying connections. Here are some insights and tips that might help:

Understand the Importance of Receiving
Recognize that receiving is not a sign of weakness or dependence. It’s a natural part of any healthy relationship. Just as giving brings joy to others, allowing yourself to receive can bring joy to those who care about you.

Acknowledge Your Needs
Be aware of your own needs and desires. Understand that it’s okay to have needs and that allowing others to meet them fosters a sense of connection. It doesn’t make you a burden or less self-sufficient.

Practice Self-Compassion
Treat yourself with the same kindness and generosity that you extend to others. Acknowledge your own worthiness of care and support. Self-compassion can make it easier to accept help or gifts from others.

Communicate Openly
Share your feelings and concerns with those close to you. Let them know that you appreciate their generosity but may struggle with receiving. Open communication fosters understanding and allows others to support you in the way you need.

Start Small
If receiving feels uncomfortable, start with small gestures. Accept compliments gracefully, express gratitude, and gradually allow yourself to accept more significant forms of support or kindness.

Shift Your Perspective
Consider receiving as an opportunity for others to experience the joy of giving. By accepting what others offer, you allow them to contribute to your well-being and happiness.

Reflect on Your Beliefs
Examine any underlying beliefs or fears that may be contributing to difficulty in receiving. Addressing these underlying issues can help you become more comfortable with the idea of receiving.

Set Boundaries
It’s crucial to set healthy boundaries in relationships. Understand your limits and communicate them to others. This ensures that you receive in a way that aligns with your comfort and values.

Practice Gratitude
Regularly express gratitude for the kindness and generosity of others. This not only reinforces positive behavior but also helps you become more mindful of the support you receive.

Remember that finding balance is an ongoing process, and it’s okay to take small steps towards change. Developing a healthy balance between giving and receiving contributes to more fulfilling and sustainable relationships.

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My magical yoga retreat in Morocco let me feel the fulfillment of this balance in depth. These wonderful group of people attending, created a precious space of love and kindness where everyone experienced a natural flow of giving and receiving. I am ever so grateful to all of you!

Monday 27.11.
What do you need
Flow

Wednesday 29.11.
Self-Compassion
3-Breaths Flow

Thursday 30.11.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 01.12.
Feel the Healing
Slow Flow

Monday 04.12.
Shift Perspective
Flow

Wednesday 06.12.
Counting your Blessings
Slow Flow

Thursday 07.12.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 08.12.
Power of Belief
Flow

I feel blessed to be able to keep on learning from you!

Love,

Nicole

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