Giving and Receiving

In today’s modern society we are challenged by the thought that giving has to be in the form of something tangible, especially around the holidays. To better understand this Universal law, we must think of giving and receiving as simply an exchange of energy.
When we give without the expectation of receiving we allow the energy of the universe to flow naturally. Similar to the exchange of the tides, as one gives the other receives and this balanced state creates harmony.
The attitude of "getting" limits the flow of good that wants to come to us. If we simply give to get, we cause the flow to stop.
When we are truly giving, we are not seeking any reward or payback. When we give from the heart and with no expectations, we open ourselves up to the abundance of good energy in all forms.

Follow this exercise from Deepak Chopra:
I will put the Law of Giving and Receiving into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:

1. Wherever I go, and whomever I encounter, I will bring them a gift. The gift may be a compliment, a flower, or a prayer. Today, I will give something to everyone I come into contact with, and so I will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth and affluence in my life and in the lives of others.
2. Today I will gratefully receive all the gifts that life has to offer me. I will receive the gifts of nature: sunlight and the sound of birds singing, or spring showers or the first snow of winter. I will also be open to receiving from others, whether it be in the form of a material gift, money, a compliment or a prayer.
3. I will make a commitment to keep wealth circulating in my life by giving and receiving life’s most precious gifts: the gifts of caring, affection, appreciation and love. Each time I meet someone, I will silently wish them happiness, joy and laughter.