“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” —Anne Frank
Today we delve more deeply into what it means to be of service. When we serve others from a place of love, we are also serving ourselves.
For many of us, when we think of service, we envision great feats, sacrifices, large philanthropic donations, and other grand gestures. While service can be all those things, service can be much more accessible in our daily lives. Giving to others through service is simply recognizing what you do best in any given moment and offering that as a gift to someone else. For instance, in this moment, you may be sitting in a coffee shop across from someone who looks like she could really use a warm smile and, in this moment, you offer a smile in service to brighten her day. Giving can be that simple.
Think about how good you feel when you give someone a gift in this way and notice how serving someone else is a gift to yourself as well.
Our centering thought for today is:
“Serving others serves me.”
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“Om Vardhanam Namah.”I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.
Let today be your day to share random acts of kindness with generosity and joy. If you encounter someone in need offer a gift from the heart, be it a kind word, a joke, or a cup of tea. Hold the door open for someone, just because. Call a friend and share a kind word. When you are engaged in activity, give your full attention to it, knowing that when you are fully present, you are doing something with love and serving the world with your time and talent. Enjoy the energy that comes back to you as you walk through each moment with a giving and caring heart.
How can I serve? How can we all serve, each other, ourselves, and the planet?
Like it says above, service can be something as simple as smiling at someone who looks like they could use a pick-me-up, or holding a door open for someone behind you.
Of course, it could be about volunteering your time at an animal shelter, nursing home, hospital, homeless shelter, or soup kitchen.
It could also be about just helping your neighbor with the groceries, or tidying a lawn.
It could be about picking up trash on the side of the street or while walking a trail.
It could even be giving your friend, family member, or partner a massage or Reiki.
The possibilities are endless! Random acts of kindness can be around every corner, as long as we make them happen and appreciate them when they happen to us.
“Service needn’t be grand gestures. The universe is all about flow and dynamic exchange. giving and receiving which are are different aspect of the same flow of energy therefore when we freely share our gifts with others we really give back to ourselves. it feels good to give and giving comes back to us through appreciation, love, smiles, and hugs, the god things in life.” – Deepak Chopra
This is a perfect time of year to help others.
I mean, we should be inclined to help all year long, but the holidays can be especially hard for people who do not have anyone to share it with.
Bringing in the warmth of spirit during these cold holy days and nights can sometimes be a formidable challenge.
But as I said earlier, it doesn’t have to be grandiose.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Not everyone has to work for a nonprofit, join the Peace Corps, or military.
There are multiple ways to serve humanity.
What’s yours? How will you serve others, your Self, and the planet?
We can create harmonious homes, harmonious neighborhoods, harmonious communities, and a harmonious planet.