Open to Receive

Open to Receive - Martine Ford of Spirit Yoga by a fountain

Notice how life changes for you when you allow yourself to ask for help from others as well as from the power of the universe…”~ Sandra Ingerman from Medicine for the Earth

Some of us are great givers but really struggle to receive; it may help to think of receiving as an act of love for yourself and the person giving. When we don’t graciously accept from others we don’t give them the opportunity and reward of giving.

 Five Reminders (Affirmations) to Open and Receive

1. To begin, I must accept the basic premise that I am enough.
That before I give a thing, before I receive anything, I am enough just standing here. The act of giving or receiving doesn’t change this at all.

2.  I am becoming more discerning with giving.
I’m learning to examine my needs as well as the needs of others. To see when my gift is truly given from love and when it comes with expectations. To see when the expectations are self-imposed and when they come from others.

3. I am making room in my life for receiving.
This includes being aware of all the ways I can receive, whether it is accepting kind words, a stranger’s smile, or being let into the stream of traffic. I know that as I receive, I am becoming more comfortable with the art of receiving. I am staying conscious of how my receiving empowers those who are giving to me.

4. I am relaxing into the feeling of receiving…
…becoming okay with the feeling of openness that is necessary to truly receive. I allow this open space to be available to receive.

5. I remind myself that this is fun and joyful. There’s no reason not to join in the fun!

How do you open up to receiving? ~ Karen Mead (Tiny Buddha)


· "Giving and receiving are yin and yang, the equivalent of the infinity symbol looping back and forth, neither side larger than the other, both integral to the larger whole. ~ Karen Mead (Tiny Buddha)

· "Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. ~ Rabindranath Tagore.

· "One day you will learn to give and receive love like and open window and it well feel like summer every day.” ~ Sierra DeMulder.

· “Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it, can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy it will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” ~ Henry Nouween.

* Top image of me by the fountain by my brother, photographer Darren Pateman in Newcastle, Australia.

This was used as the Spirit Yoga Theme for the week, I hope it can inspire you to open and receive too!

Article by Martine Ford