20140831-163315.jpgDay 17 – Being of Service

Today’s quote is from Maya Angelo. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

Today’s centering thought is my soul expands when I help others.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Seva Hum, which means “I am service.”

From today’s message:
Today in meditation we activate the sense of service. But instead of approaching service in the conventional sense, as a sort of obligation, we will look at it from the perspective of higher states of consciousness. In this view, service is not only a humanitarian effort, it is a path of joy and self-realization. It is an opportunity to grow in happiness, not a duty.

Service is listening and acting in response to a call for the unique gifts your life offers. This call is not based on your ego needs, nor does it come from social expectations. The call to service comes from your universal self, the cosmic part of you that directs your spiritual evolution or dharma. This is why being of service to the world is really a joyful expansion of the self.”

The seventeenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about being of service.

Oprah shared that “We’re each here to share our unique gifts with the world. That is why we’re here. That is the source of the richest happiness we can experience, and when we share those gifts with love, effortlessly and joyfully, the world rises up to meet us. Inevitably, we receive so much more than we give. Gandhi said it best, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’. That, I know for sure is one of the secrets of soul-expanding happiness.”

Deepak said that “when you’re living the happiness that comes from your Being, serving others isn’t an obligation. It’s not about feeling like you’re a better person, or raising your image in the eyes of others. Something deeper happens because in serving others at the soul level, you are serving yourself.”

What both Oprah and Deepak shared ring true to me. When I realized what I am here to do in this life, and what it means to be of service to others, it was truly life changing for me.

I know I am a Healer, and I have decided to really put a lot of effort in developing my gift so that I can help as many people as I can in this life, in this world. As I walk my Spiritual path, I also have begun to understand what Deepak mentioned above… “something deeper happens because in serving others at the soul level, you are serving yourself.”  To me that means that my soul is growing and expanding. That I am becoming more consciously aware of our connection to each other, and that by being of service, I am honoring you, and we can help each other walk together in this life.

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Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love
Day 5 – Feeling Playful
Day 6 – Feeling Hope
Day 7 – Feeling Complete
Day 8 – Living Joy
Day 9 – Living With Purpose
Day 10 – Living With Contentment
Day 11 – Living Kindness
Day 12 – Living Laughter
Day 13 – Living Gratitude
Day 14 – Living With Passion
Day 15 – Radiating Bliss
Day 16 – Radiating Grace