Live your yoga.
My mom used to say, "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours."
I often think of this lovely advice when I see a person that looks unhappy. Nine times out of ten, when I give someone a smile, they give it right back.
This simple act of kindness demonstrates the Law of Circulation. This Universal law states that all things in the Universe are flowing in circulation at an ever expanding rate.
According to Deepak Chopra, MD. "The universe operates through dynamic exchange. Nothing is static. Your body, your mind, and your energy are in constant exchange with the universe, the cosmos, and cosmic energy."
My interpretation, "what goes around, comes around."
We see this law in nature. The ocean gives water to the air, the air receives the water and forms clouds, and the clouds give the water back to the ocean in the form of rain.
We see it in our bodies. We take in food, water, and oxygen, and then there is an output of energy, movement or breath.
We also see it in our material world. There is a constant circulation of energy through money, goods, and services.
Finally, we see this same flow in our human interactions. What we put out into the world in the form of our thoughts, our words, and our actions, we will ultimately receive back. It might not be in right away, it might not be obvious, but eventually whatever energy we are sending out into the world finds it's way back to us.
When we are kind, generous, and compassionate, we draw people and situations to us that have the same qualities.
When we are unkind, greedy, or judgemental, we will draw in unkindness, greed, and judgement.
Taking responsibility for the energy that we circulate requires that we look honestly at ourselves. It's much easier to blame someone or something for the state of our lives than it is to take ownership of it.
Asking the question, "why did I call this in?" reminds us to turn inward and look honestly at the thoughts, words, and behaviors that we are circulating. Taking ownership of our not so perfect behavior can take humility, acceptance, and courage. When we drop our ego's desire to blame others for what is happening in our lives, we can begin to see ourselves clearly and change our behavior if we need to.
Sometimes we have to make an effort to restrain ourselves from reacting to another's not so perfect behavior. Exercising our choice to respond instead of reacting keeps us circulating what we choose to circulate.
If that one person out of ten doesn't smile back at me, I have two choices. I can react with a frown and give them back what they gave me, or I can emulate the kindness of my mom and respond with a smile, thereby choosing to circulate kindness.
In the book Conversations With God, God recommends that we give away that which we would like to have more of. Giving away what we don't have enough of might sound difficult, but this act of giving always creates a sense of abundance and opens an energetic pathway for abundance to flow back in.
If we are lacking in love, give love.
If we are lacking in money, give money.
If we are lacking in friendship, be a good friend.
If we are lacking support, show support to another.
If we are lacking forgiveness, forgive others.
Giving time, money, energy, and love to those in need will keep these things circulating in our lives. If we hoard our time, money, energy and love, we may block the universal circulation and our lives become only about what we can get.
Winston Churchill said, "we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give". Giving from our hearts enriches our lives and the lives of everyone around us.
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