Replenishing Ourselves: The Necessity of Receiving - Carie Garrett

Replenishing Ourselves: The Necessity of Receiving – Carie Garrett

Stress. We all experience it. We know what it does to us, yet it continues to be the standard state of mind, body, and spirit for many of us. Anxiety keeps us gripped in a strait jacket; incessant multi-tasking locks us into warp speed and scatters our energy; and depletion leaves us feeling like there’s never enough (time, money, sleep, happiness, ease, you name it). We run on the hamster wheel faster and faster, speeding up to keep up, doing more to get it all done, and taking care of everyone and everything else.

Giving is wonderful. Extending ourselves in service to others, sharing our gifts, wisdom, and time is very important. The world is in need of what we have to give. But, if we keep giving and giving, doing and doing, without plugging into our true source and replenishing ourselves, we will run dry. Our souls can become depleted.

We can run on spiritual depletion for a while, because the effect is not too noticeable at first. It might feel like a lack of inspiration, feeling out of sync, a restlessness, a sense of uncertainty about life, a longing for something more but we don’t know quite what. Unfortunately, this initial feedback usually doesn’t get our attention to slow down and replenish ourselves. If we keep plowing through these outer red flags, we’ll hit the mental ones: overreaction to things, mind racing, quick to anger, feeling on edge, crying for no apparent reason, resenting the fact that we keep giving and others don’t appreciate it. Most of the time, we barge through these flags, too, and the soul depletion will try to get our attention through the physical body. We start feeling run down, we get sick more often, the body hurts and aches, we can’t sleep well.

Instead of recognizing these signs of spiritual depletion as feedback to refill ourselves, the tendency is to keep on going and somehow try to feel better through quick fixes. The Band-Aids of comfort food, cocktails, Netflix binging, and endless internet scrolling don’t help for very long; they come off and we’ve got to find another one to put on. Unless we go back to the source of the real depletion, anything we try to fill ourselves up with falls straight through our tank just like nothingness.

What’s needed is to stop the doing. Stop the depleting outward flow, and allow for a receiving inward flow.


Allowing is the art of receiving.
Receiving is the secret of giving.
Giving is the process of manifestation.
Manifestation is the road to prosperity.

~author unknown


These four sentences have changed my life. They were shared with me by a dear friend a couple of years ago. In order to manifest things, in order for them to come into fruition, we must give of ourselves in some way. That makes sense and we would probably all agree with that. But look at that second sentence: Receiving is the secret of giving. What? That turns the idea that many of us have been taught of “it’s better to give than receive” right on its head. And then the first sentence: Allowing is the art of receiving. Wow. Allowing myself to receive is the foundation for giving, which is the building block for manifestation, which is the way, the road, to abundance.

Allowing and receiving. It’s the antidote to depletion and all the stress we experience. We’ve got to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first and breathe deeply before we put the mask on others. This is not selfish. This is self-care at the very important, fundamental level. Soul care is health care. We must allow our souls to be filled up, replenished ourselves, fed…before we can fill up, replenish, and feed others.


About Carie Garrett:

Carie Garrett - Freedom YogaDecember 2, 2022 – Today we bow to our longtime friend Carie Garrett — a sparkling, colorful, bhakti-loving, freedom-yoga-inspired spirit who flew off on the evening of 1 December.

Many Feathered Pipe friends knew Carie from her 14 years coming to the Ranch as the teaching assistant to Erich Schiffmann at his annual workshop-lovefests each summer. Carie floated around the room offering gentle assists and encouragement, making lifelong friends along the way. After Erich took his sabbatical from teaching, Carie led freedom yoga and bhakti-focused workshops of her own at the Ranch, cultivating new cherished friendships as she took her own seat under the elk.
Ten years ago, she wrote about the Ranch:
“If you haven’t been to the Ranch before, it’s hard to understand how special it is. It’s not just another retreat center where you get away to feel better, do a bunch of yoga, and then go home, back to the grind. Feathered Pipe Ranch is a place of healing transformation that nourishes and fills your soul to the brim and overflowing; not just so you can feel better, but, most importantly, so that you can take it home and begin to help nourish others and make a difference in the world. The spirit of the ranch will wrap its loving arms around you so that you effortlessly enter into your true essence.”
Susan Smiley recalls sitting on the Ranch lawn with Carie when a red-tailed hawk flew over. Carie asked Susan if she knew what it was. Susan told her and then shared the First Peoples’ legend of the eagle and the red-tail: a story about friendship, respect, and honoring our differences.
We are grateful for the spirit, joy, sparkle, and light she shared with such enthusiasm at the Ranch. We are deeply thankful, too, to her family and her friends for all the tenderness and courage they showed, especially in the last 17 months, as she walked her journey.
Godspeed, dearly beloved Carie, as you make that “effortless journey” into your true essence.
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