Compassionate Service

Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen,

and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him…

Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny?

Will it lead to self-rule for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?

Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.

MOHANDAS GANDHI

 

March brings us to the cusp of winter and spring.  The vernal equinox and before our present calendar, the beginning of a new year.  This is the time when winter’s harsh weather and starkness give way to delicate green buds and flowers blooming.  Hildegard von Bingen referred to this time as veriditas, the true greening of ourselves and nature.  Spring is the season of hope and for many a time when the desire to create is strong.  What is happening in nature mirrors our own human spirit.

Cultivating new rituals, choosing  a new resolve and opening up to the infinite possibilities around us make March a perfect time to renew and restore.  We can choose to be better and do more. We can learn to be of compassionate service to others.  Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush share 5 ideas that may help move us in that direction.

be brave

start small

use what you’ve got

do something you enjoy

don’t overcommit

Using these five tenets can be used daily.  Notice what comes naturally and what has to be worked for.  See where you can be of service in your family, your neighborhood and your workplace.  When we get ourselves out of the way faithfulness and gratitude move in.  Enjoy the thrill of gratitude in your life as you choose conscious acts of compassionate service.

So as spring invites us to green ourselves look for those new possibilities to grow and bloom.

 

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