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November 17th, 2016 11:57 AM
The Energy of the Invitation
Hard to believe that the holidays are upon us. This means trips to visit family and holiday parties! Sometimes, though, the energy behind the journey or the activity is not carefully considered. Not everyone is equipped with the ability to shelter you and your loved ones.  Are you considering their schedules and their needs before committing them to playing host? And if you are the host in question, are you honoring your need for downtime? Just because someone asks to stay with you for a night or two, doesn’t mean that you are obligated to say yes.  Sometimes your true power comes in the form of a no.
Here are a few tips to honor the Energy of the Invitation:
  • It’s common in many cultures for shoes to be removed. Be observant for a shoe basket in the front of the house, or better yet, just plan on taking them off when you go inside someone’s house for the first time.
  • Ask before surprising your host with a pet or an extra person. I know that many people consider their “fur-babies” as children, but one should never assume that their boundless energy (and dander) will be an acceptable addition to their hosts’ space.
  • Just as good feng shui means that clutter is minimized, so should the footprint of the houseguest be as minor as possible. Ask your host if sheets should be placed in the laundry room, or if they would prefer to wait until a better time to strip the beds. Place used dishes in the dishwasher, and offer to assist with clean up if a meal has been shared.
  • If traveling for an extended period, you might find it comforting to bring a few personal items along. A picture of family, your own pillow, or even a rock from your home will help to keep you grounded. Having a touch of home helps you to retain your identity outside of the chaos.
  • Tokens of appreciation are tangible reminders of the gratitude for the invitation. AirBnB hosts are compensated with rental payment, but a gracious guest will also leave a written note and review for them. For family and friends, though, paying them is transactional and not honoring the intimate connection. Bringing gifts of food, wine, or flowers will convey lasting gratitude for opening their home to you, and who doesn’t love to share a glass of vino with loved ones?
  • If you are a night owl and your host is an early bird, honor their energetic needs by keeping the noise level down for their comfort. Sound is a huge pollution problem, so be aware of how you may be contributing in a positive or negative manner.
  • Be up front with any dietary restrictions. The last thing a host wants to do is to poison the guests! This is part of activating the 5th chakra and clarifying what your needs may be.
The partnership of the experience needs to be filled with gratitude on both sides. As a host, it’s up to you to set the tone for your guests. If they are unconsciously exhibiting entitlement energy due to lack of experience of being a guest, gently ask them to help with dishes, or to strip their bed. This helps them grow for future experiences, and you honor your voice at the same time. If, however, you find that the guest continues to be boorish in their behavior, then you know that you are at choice to make this the last visit! Here’s to many wonderful journeys in your future!
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Posted by Beverly Biehl on November 17th, 2016 11:57 AMLeave a Comment