Yesterday, I gave the gift of time. I spent my morning volunteering at the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society - the task was cleaning tack. It reminded me of my childhood years. I would diligently clean my bridle and saddle after every horse riding lesson; it was a ritual of sorts for me. I loved the smell of the saddle soap mixed with the fresh smell of leather.
In the afternoon, I stopped by my friend's backyard garden to water her plants. She went away for the week, and had asked if I would stop in given the intense sun and heat this week in the valley. It took me a bit to figure out her watering system, and once I did it was smooth sailing! I am completely inspired by her lush and bountiful garden - her goal is to grow an abundance of food for her and her children this summer and into the fall.
To me, the act of giving is receiving. They are two sides of the same coin. For example, when I went to water my friend's garden there was a huge raspberry bush in the yard - snack time for Ashley! The less tangible form of receiving is just as valuable in my opinion. My heart felt happy knowing I was being of service in some way.
There is a concept in the Kabbalah, called the Bread of Shame, that refers to a situation in which people take more than they give. This situation ultimately creates resentment and possibly other low vibrational feelings in those people that ultimately hinders them and also those around them. Clearly, these people have moved into a state of imbalance. I suppose the equal opposite can be true as well. Deep feelings of resentment can arise when a person over-gives out of a desire to be loved, for example.