Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 3 As children, on our way out of the door, we were often told, “Be careful!” Essentially, we were being asked to be aware; to pay attention. We were being asked to soften, open, and receive. Actually, this is quite easy for children. They possess a sense of wonder and curiosity and this lends itself well to receptivity. Moments seem new because they are. Children understand this truth.
In life, we practice receptivity when we are courteous; we allow for ease and respect in a situation. We practice receptivity when we are empathetic; we allow another’s experience into our own. We practice receptivity when we are cooperative; we allow for flexibility and compromise. We practice receptivity when we are clear in thought, speech, and action; we allow wisdom to permeate our responses.
We practice receptivity every time we meditate. In presence, we welcome all things.