The Art of Receiving with Catie
Saturday December 8 | 10am-12pm or
Wed December 12th | 6:00pm-8:00pm
The season of giving is upon us once again. The humble generosity that is part of the bedrock of the Midwestern culture is just one of the reasons it’s so awesome to live where we do.
Who doesn’t love to be the giver? As kids, we are praised for sharing our toys and learn to donate to causes that are important to us. The ability to give means I have excess. At the biological level, it’s hard not to love it…nature ensured that humans share by giving us a dose of mood-boosting endorphins every time that we do.
You know what’s not so easy? Receiving. While our culture values giving (which is awesome, don’t get me wrong), all too often lurking just under the surface is the message that receiving is somehow bad or, even worse, selfish. Most of us will do just about anything to not look selfish…which includes giving to the point of being tired, worn out, and slightly (or maybe a whole lot) resentful towards those we are giving to…be they family, friend, patient, kiddo, or client.
The thing is, giving and receiving are not two separate actions or experiences but rather two sides of the same coin. Most of us aren’t taught how to receive (there are no tax breaks for receiving a gift.) We don’t know how to honor the act of receiving, not because we don’t have the ability, but because we just haven’t practiced very much.
In order to be the vibrant, open-hearted givers that the people in our lives need we must get better at receiving.
Join Catie in this two-hour workshop where we will explore and practice the necessary art of receiving. It’s intentional that it’s sandwiched between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We know you’re busy. The hallmark of being a giver is a way busy schedule… It’s not just money and gifts that we give, we give time as well. The holiday season will be less hectic and more abundant if we are balanced receivers and givers.
This practice will be a mixture of movement, interaction with others, self-reflection and meditation. It’ll be well suited to all yogis regardless of the amount of experience with the physical practice of yoga.