Today, I want to introduce you to a new word: receptivities. This is how I use it in a sentence: “How many receptivities have you done today?”
You are familiar with the word “activity” as being something that you do. In Born to Receive, I divide this word into two categories to help you distinguish between the activities of an active state and the activities of a receptive state.
Think of activities as spending your energy and receptivities as giving you energy. Receptivities are the activities that fill you up, relax you, soothe you, give you breathing room, and calm your nervous system.
An easy way to tell if you are doing an activity or a receptivity is to assess your energy output and input.
Activities = energy output Receptivities = energy input
Activities = expending energy Receptivities = receiving energy
If you invest your energy in too much of one of them, you will throw you and your life out of balance. You will experience this in the following ways:
If you do too many activities, you end up feeling burned out, worn out, and exhausted.
If you do too many receptivities, you end up feeling lethargic, unmotivated, and uninterested in anything.
My aim is for you to create a balance between your activities and your receptivities.
What relaxes one person, doesn’t relax another. Create your own receptivities list. What fills you up? Figure out how many activities and receptivities you need each day to feel well. If you find yourself filling up on too many activities, replace some of them with receptivities. You can delegate some of the activities or save them for another day.
Here are some example receptivities:
reading a book, newspaper, or magazine, sleeping, resting, soaking in a bathtub, watching clouds, meditating, doing tai chi, listening to music, spending time in nature, petting your cat or dog, bird-watching, sitting quietly, writing in a gratitude journal, looking at stars, puttering, admiring flowers, watching water: the ocean, river, lake, or a pond
I am looking forward to sharing more ideas about receiving in upcoming posts.