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Practicing Receiving

Practicing Receiving

Tip #25 for the holiday season: Practice Receiving Fully

While we might easily feel delight when we give a present, it can be challenging to feel that same spark of joy when receiving a gift. Many of us feel awkward around accepting a gift. This year we challenge you to move a little slower as you open your presents and allow yourself to take in the moment. Include your body and heart in the process. Feel the emotions that arise as you open the gift; savor the tactile experience; and think about the person who spent time, energy, and money to get this gift for you. Without rushing, soak in the offering and take a moment to look the person in the eyes and say thank you.

About the joy of receiving from the Calm team:

Jade: Sometimes opening gifts can make me feel vulnerable or self-conscious, especially if it’s in front of a few people! I take my time to acknowledge those feelings, and tap into how grateful I am that people are not only interested and excited to see my reaction, but have taken the time to make or buy me a gift. It feels really special when I take my time.

Christi-an: The breath helps here too! Take a couple of breaths to soak in the gift, to feel gratitude, to connect with the gift, to connect with the person who gave you the gift, to delight in receiving. It’s a practice! Use your breath as a guide.

This is Calm Holiday Tip #25 of 31! Check back here tomorrow for another way to create more joy and peace this season!

The Calm Holiday Journal is a mix of practical mindfulness tips and contemplation prompts, and how you use it is up to you.

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