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Giving From The Heart

giving from the heart

I never feel more given to

than when you take from me –

when you understand the joy I feel

giving to you.

And you know my giving isn’t done

to put you in my debt,

but because I want to live the love

I feel for you.

To receive with grace

may be the greatest giving.

There’s no way I can separate

the two.

When you give to me,

I give you my receiving.

When you take from me, I feel so

given to.

——————-

These verses, dear readers, is by Ruth Bebermeyer from the album Given To.

I felt deeply that I must share this poem with you all to express how I feel after receiving your positive and warm comments today (on the blog and on FB page) – about the blog post (‘Upcycled Home‘). I published today after a gap of 7-8 months and was totally not sure anyone would ever read anything from me given my erratic ways on the blog. But, by receiving my writing in a way that you did, you’ve given me the gift of joy and grace and love. It’s a beautiful confusion happening – my writing is my giving to you and your receiving gracefully is your giving to me. As it’s said in the lines above – “to receive with grace may be the greatest giving.

I’d also like to share that I came across this poetry in the book ‘Nonviolent Communication A Language of Life‘ by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Have been reading and re-reading this book and I can only say it’s truly life-changing. Life-changing because it teaches you the language (not just words) of compassion that stems from the heart. It helps you listen to what others have to say and to express effectively what’s on your mind and in your heart. It gives clear and concise ways to improve your inter-personal relationships.

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  • Miquela May 25, 2016, 8:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing those words. And that book looks like something I would like to read as I strive to let go and change so many of my ingrained habits of speaking without the care and gentleness I wish were easier for me to express. :)

    ~Miquela

    • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 12:31 am

      Miquela, from my interaction with you I’ve always found you immensely thoughtful, gentle and humble – the three most beautiful qualities I love in a person. Reading this book will enrich you even more. So go ahead. Much love.

  • Srishti May 26, 2016, 11:33 am

    Great to see you back on the blog. Love the poetry. Although I am reading it for the first time but I can so much relate to the thought. The joy of giving will only be there when we see joy and grace in receiving of we gave. Also give the other person the opportunity to give; and feel the joy of giving. Will get the book you mentioned. May be, it will be good to self introspect also. Love and hugs

    • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 12:37 am

      The first time I read this poem, I got goosebumps and tears welled up in my eyes. So beautiful and resoundingly true of the human soul that seeks love and peace and joy in every interaction. Conflict erodes us from within – no matter how small or big or with whom. I’ve experienced that even a tiny conflict that i might have with my house help has an uncalming effect on my mind and it eases only when I speak with her, hear her out and sort it out.
      Go ahead and get that book – you’ll value it for ever.

  • Richa June 1, 2016, 11:29 pm

    Rashmi, You are doing a great job. I wish someday even i gather the courage to homeschool my child.You are an inspiration.