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Reading: The Art of Receiving

From: Donna
Sent on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 1:18 AM
"Season of Giving" Hike & Lunch

Stepping into the season of giving, especially in our Western culture, we are assaulted with ads on the Internet, TV, radio, newspapers, our mailboxes, pressuring and convincing us to buy, buy, buy the perfect gift to give that special someone. Many of us dutifully obey or succumb to the pressure and race around town eager to give our hard earned money to an impersonal entity in exchange for some gadget the man on the TV insisted we needed. While we are not paying attention, the whole meaning of giving seems to dissolve, and is replaced with stress, resentment, impatience, over-spending, and over-stimulation; all so that we can feel good about giving; because giving is good. Makes sense to me. What about you? (NOT!)

Well, I cannot argue that when I give, it feels good, as long as I don't overdo it. Getting caught in a pattern of giving can leave us feeling depleted. When we are depleted, we look for ways to "feed" ourselves. Some of us feed ourselves by spending time in nature, or enjoying music, or getting pampered. Others develop addictions, or self-defeating behaviors, and get stuck there because receiving has become too difficult. Receiving love or acceptance invokes our vulnerabilities, and if we have been wounded, and our wounds have not healed, receiving can be painful. Is there any wonder then, why we would rather give than receive?

Let's look a little closer.

On this hike, you are invited to explore what giving and receiving means to you, your community, and Nature. You are invited to read this article called The Art of Receiving to inspire your curiosity on the subject of receiving. See if you can expand the art of receiving to the natural world. What does that look like to you? Does Nature give something to you? Do you receive something from Nature? What can Nature teach us about giving and receiving? Join us for a silent hike and brief discussion and see for yourself.

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