Selflessly giving our time, attention and energy to someone else is one of the quickest ways to feel better. In yoga, this is a whole school of yoga called Karma Yoga – the yoga of selfless service.
Identify one person in your life that could use your help. Determine one place that you could go out of your way to spontaneously help someone out. What is a particular area of expertise or knowledge that you have? Who could most benefit from your skills? Choose one person to randomly extend some support to this week.
Physically, extending ourselves by taking action in the world to help another is symbolized by the arms and hands – how we reach out and touch someone (literally). The arms are a horizontal extension of our heart center (anahata). In fact, the heart center is the only major energy center (chakra) of the body that has a horizontal axis. So, when we reach out, the work of our hands in the world is the natural extension of the heart’s energy or love to another. It comes back to us tenfold.
We get what we give.
Choose someone who is in need and surprise them this week. Maybe a single mother who could use a little alone time and babysitting. Perhaps, one of your parents, elders or friends could use a little instruction on technology. Maybe you know someone at work who could benefit from a little mentoring or support.
Here are the requirements:
1. Act spontaneously (doesn’t count if someone asks you for help). Unsolicited. Selfless service.
2. Act without need for validation or recognition. Let your action come from the natural overflow of who you are and what you have to offer.
3. This has to be an ACTION. Spending money or buying a gift does not count.
4. Feel the gift of giving. Sounds a bit cliche, maybe….but, this action step will tune you into the abundance that is all around you and train your mind to recognize overflow, instead of lack. Take time to feel in your body the sensations and good vibrations of spending quality time for the sheer pleasure of helping someone else!
Make this a weekly (or daily) habit and I promise, you will see a dramatic shift in your attitude recognizing how much you have to give and how little you need!
Happy harvesting! Let us know exactly what actions you take this week over on facebook.
Have a wonderful week!