What have I eaten?
Lies and smiles.
We grow empty from giving and giving.
We grow weary from telling ourselves we don’t need to receive, or that we are never vulnerable. We become tired from the fake smiles and positive attitudes while the heaviness grows within.
So why is it so hard to receive?
The ancient Greeks had a structure they called the ‘Temenos.’ It was a four walled enclosure without a roof. The warriors would come in from the battlefield and remove their armour. The men would lie on their backs and open their hearts to the sky and receive what they needed.
How beautiful is that vision?
How these men allowed themselves to rejuvenate, to open and receive.
I have a practice to do this every day because like me, most of us are programmed to soldier on, keep it together and be strong.
I don’t buy into this anymore.
It’s a time to receive. A time to put down our armour.
To be with ourselves and acknowledge what we need.
Stay with this deep calling. Long enough to learn what it wants to teach you.
Long enough for your heart to open.
28 thoughts on “Receive”
That picture so beautifully relates to that very piece of self love of which you spoke dear lady, thank you. Receive I shall 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋
Wonderful Mark! It’s there to receive for everyone 🌿🌈
i love the ‘temenos’ idea. so powerful. and now i walk to the woods for this every day.
Oh that’s beautiful Beth! Receive it all 💚🌈☘️🌿
Love this idea, Karen. Like Beth, I have been soaking up nature, but in an active way. Think a bit more repose in nature might be called for right now as well. Thank you for planting the seed…
You will feel the expansion when you do Lori! It makes us better warriors in life 💚
I so needed this today :-). Thank you. I’m trying to fill my tanks, as I’m not very good about doing that sometimes. I hope you are doing the same :-).
I am always re-learning this again and again Kristine. It’s a practice for sure but I am definitely feeling the results of receiving 🥰💕💚
Thanks, Karen. I struggled for many years with receiving from others.
It’s a universal habit Rosaliene! Let’s continue to allow this time to nurture us deeply. 💚💕
Truly beautiful words.
Thank you Nico 🙏🏻🌈
What an inspiring story. I really like the visual of laying down to open up to receiving. This is an intention I want to explore further. I would like to hear more about this journey in future posts.
Thank you so much Karen.
Thank you Ali. I just returned from the bushland near me where I laid down and just allowed myself to receive. It doesn’t always feels easy to do, but today I embraced it all. Happy to share more on this topic. 🥰💕
That sounds wonderful
This reminds me of one of your long ago posts about grounding. I’m also reminded of savasana…a wonderful pose of rest…heart open. Put those two together and…wow.
Exactly Carrie! It keeps us balanced and full, so that giving and loving moves freely within and out to others! Happy receiving 🥰💕💚
Indeed. Completes the cycle. 🥰💕💚 Balance and wholeness.
Wise words, Karen. I’m better than I used to be at recognizing when I need to take a break and nurture myself. The one thing I really miss are hugs from friends and relatives. That one is hard!
Well here’s a hug from Australia for you Eliza 💚💕
Awww, thanks, Karen! ❤ ❤
“Stay with this deep calling.” Hmmmmm
If not now, when? If not you then who? 🌈😊
What a beautiful vision and possibility for healing and rejuvenation. Thank you, Karen!
Enjoy receiving it all Vicki 🌈🥰