How can you be in service?
What does “being in service” mean to you?
Does it involve sacrifice on your part?
Does it include offering advice, or providing guidance?
Is the offering of something tangible, like physical support?
Why are you drawn to act?
Do you have an agenda about what is right, or good or fair,
that your actions are fulfilling?
Do you expect something in return?
Are you serving in order to reap spiritual rewards?
Does it enhance your feelings about yourself?
Do you avoid cleaning your own “house”?
What purpose does Presence serve?
…you take time to serve yourself with a peaceful, attentive breath.
…you have respect for your own needs.
…your belief system holds that it is wrong to care for you and that the only good is in serving others. Where is the balance?
…you give and give, depleting your own energy systems?
Aligning action with purpose
Personal meaning can be realized through acts of service. I have often heard the phrase “we teach what we need to learn.” I think of that frequently. It helps to keep my actions aligned with my beliefs and my sense of purpose. When I remember that we are all part of the human community and that there are no beginners, I see God in everyone I meet. When I realize that it is God’s energy flowing through me, my only responsibility is to get out of the way.
When you give, who is it for?
How can you serve another without being of service to who you are first?
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you through the weekend. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
You may want to share something from this process. Sharing your experience is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action. Feel free to use this arena to share whatever moves you.
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