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September 7, 2018

Giving and Receiving

As we work towards greater balance in our personal relationships, communities and society as a whole, this topic of what constitutes reciprocity, “fairness”, sovereignty and support is commonplace. There seems to be this classic dynamic of the “giver” and the “taker” that we are working to remove from our programs of what relationships are.

Whether spoken or unconscious, the element of giving can come with an expectation of receiving. In the moment we may feel fully free in our giving; but, if after some time, it is not reciprocated, or not appreciated in the ways that we were hoping, we find ourselves in a position of resentment, feeling small, feeling used, etc.  Most of us have likely been on both sides of this. 

When experiencing this dynamic, on either side, there generally is a sense of imbalance within. The inner gyroscope can feel off, sometimes subtly, other times blatantly.  If we tune into this sense of imbalance and can examine with objectiv...

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