It’s already past mid-month, so it’s time to weigh in on my word for April, Receptivity.
It seems like all of my words so far (Curiosity, Vitality, Eagerness, and Receptivity) have led me back to Presence: Being in the Present Moment. So simple, but not always so easy, at least for me.
For a long time, I thought of being Receptive as passive, like a field laying fallow, waiting for the farmer to plant something in it.
I’m discovering that, for me, Receptivity is a combination of Readiness and Willingness. And, it is far from passive.
Readiness seems like a sort of active alertness, a state of being with all of my “receptors” turned on and ready to receive, in fact, expecting to receive. This state of being has a quality of positive expectancy.
Willingness is also active. It’s a “Yes!” to life, to what is currently unfolding in my life. It is an active clearing of my inner landscape of what I think things “should” look like in my life, in favor of what really wants to happen in my life from deep within. It’s not a passive waiting; it’s a process of actively offering a clear “landing spot” for creative inspiration from within, and then, when the inspiration “lands,” engaging with it.
For many years, I’ve lived my life with a commitment to acting in alignment with my inner guidance and inspiration. This has required Receptivity. I’ve developed practices to help me live that commitment to Receptivity.
I can feel in my body when I’m being receptive, and when I’m not.
Not Receptive feels like constriction.
Receptivity feels like spaciousness.
My body knows, and I know when I tune into my body.
For me, moving from constriction to spaciousness is a simple practice of becoming conscious that I am constricted, letting go of how I think things should be, and breathing deeply until I feel spacious inside.
What’s Receptivity for you?