In reality there is not a giver and a receiver, in an exchange both beings are in both roles. We are in ego mode when we identify ourselves in being on one side or the other. Next time you find yourself in a situation where you see yourself as the helper or as the helpee (yes it is a word), ask both questions - what am I giving and what am I receiving.
As we have all seen, things can be gone in a flash. Notice the people, the pets, the trees, the birds, your health, your house - take it all in and open your heart in gratitude. Let everything be enough.
Over the weekend I listened to a conference on how humanity is moving towards a higher consciousness, and while I liked the idea I didn't believe this was what I was seeing and experiencing. So Monday morning I set the intention that I would seek out this phenomenon and guess what happened. Before long I had the experience of my heart opening which allowed my mind to let go. I had found the higher consciousness within myself.
Whatever you want to experience, whether it be love, peace, compassion, generosity, it has to begin with you. Foster it within yourself and then you bring it to the world.
Maybe when you were 5 years old someone told you that you couldn't paint or maybe at 15 you were told you will never amount to anything or perhaps you are so afraid of failing that you tell yourself you can't so you don't even try. Don't allow that voice, that is full of lies, to limit you and hold you back from doing everything your heart desires.
When you feel overwhelmed by what is happening, take a breath and remember that you are not in this world, you are of this world and there is a reason you are here now at this precise time.
The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. ~Carl Sagan
Nothing good comes from comparing yourself to others - you either feel superior or inferior. Just be your best, most authentic self.
Don't wait until you're happy to be thankful, find reasons right now, where you are, and happiness will follow.
Listen to what your mind is saying - there are some crazy thoughts in with some rational ones. Question them all.