"True giving happens not from a
space of sacrifice, or self-righteousness,
or an idea of spirituality,
but for the pure pleasure of it--because it is fun.
It can only come from a full, loving space."
-- Shakti Gawain
I love this quote. Giving is not usually stated as a way to give ourselves pleasure, but more of a beneficent duty.
Taken from her wonderful book, Creative Visualization, Shakti goes on to describe how we all have an unending supply of love and happiness within us though we are often accustomed to believing that our happiness and love come from others or from outside of us.
But, she says that the opposite is what is true. It is when we connect with and expand our inner knowing of the abundant love and happiness within, we are then able to allow that to flow outward toward others. As we do this, it feels good.
She says that in doing this, we open up space for more love and happiness to fill that which we gave away, constantly replenishing our store. The more we give, the more pleasure we may gain from the giving because loving feels good, happiness feels good, joy feels good, touching others feels good.
She offers this advice to consider as we expand our storehouse and practice our giving: "but remember always that you can't continue to give unless you are equally open to receiving. . . and that "giving" also means giving to yourself. . . "
She adds that "when it comes to outflowing, practice makes perfect. You must consciously practice it in order to get the experience of how good it feels."
We honor ourselves in our willingness to release and share the love within us as we honor those in which we bestow those benefits. And, we honor ourselves by being open to receiving which completes the circle, and as we honor ourselves in this way, we are honoring the other and the gifts that they give us.
Giving And Receiving Need To Be Equally Honored.
Spread Some Joy Today--by letting your love flow out, while you are allowing the inflow as well.