The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing. It is almost a miracle. It is a miracle.
– Simone Weil
Suffering is inherent in life, however we may try to conceal it, however often we may try to turn our eyes away from it. To any sensitive person who reads the paper, every morning can be a hard blow: murders, suicides, air crashes, war, violence, disease, poverty: in every country on the face of the earth.
If you are sensitive, your heart will melt in grief. Yet the greatest joy lies in devoting your life to the amelioration of this sorrow. The greatest fulfillment comes to you when you dedicate your life to bring some of these tragedies to an end, to wipe the tears away from the eyes of a few people.
We needn’t rescue the whole world, or even a city, or neighborhood. We begin with those around us.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to evaluate your current practices of Seva, acts of selfless service. A simple way to practice service is to find something around your home or work that needs doing and to do it without fanfare. Do not tell anyone that you are going to do it, and do not talk about it afterward. Try to pick a “service project” every day or at least every week.
If you regularly volunteer and feel burned out, maybe you need a break. Take it. Then reassess what is possible for you: How much? And how often?
Mantras for Daily Living.
-I will do what I can in response to what is needed here.
-Everyone works in the “service industry.”
-Helping others means helping myself.
-Whom am I serving now?
Excerpts from “Living your Yoga, Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life”, by Judith Lasater.
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