Category Archives: compassion

To Serve Others, Nurture Yourself

Many of us are givers – people who seek out ways to be of service.  To be in balance, a giver must also receive, including from him- or herself.  One must fill one’s own cup in order to effectively give of oneself to others.

Image: "Light in the bottom of a cup"

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Emotions are an excellent indicator of whether we are receiving what we need to be effective in service.  If you are feeling irritable, angry or frustrated, that emotion is telling you that your cup is less than full. Consider how you can adjust your situation in the short and long term to give yourself what you need.  Some questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Have I nourished my body physically?  Have I been eating food that nourishes me, in the way and the amount that feels good?
  • Do I need rest?  Do I need a change in activity?
  • Would I benefit from alone time?  Would I benefit from being with others right now?  Would I be supported by conversation with a trusted friend?
  • Is there something I enjoy that has been missing in my life?  How can I reconnect with that joy?

Nurture yourself, and you will find yourself more easily and effectively giving to others.  When your cup is full, you will have plenty to give to others.  Make self-care a priority!

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Seeds, harvest, life, relationships

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“Live your life for a new reason.  Understand that its purpose has nothing to do with what you get out of it, and everything to do with what you put into it.  This is also true of relationships.”  – Neale Donald Walsh, in Friendship with God, p. 174

“Judge not each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Every Moment Is a Blank Page.

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When you live every moment as a blank page, your life is imbued with a quiet power – the freedom to be exactly who you want to be, and to continually recreate yourself as “even better” than the best you’ve already been.

When every moment is a blank page, you have the freedom to make of each moment what you will your experience to be.

Habitually, we’ve chosen each new moment by looking at the past.  We’ve chosen by looking at what we already know.  This is why we often repeat the same patterns.  This is not a fallacy; this is wise.  We know we can count on what we know.

If you feel limited, turn to a blank page. In every moment, you can choose to take with you what works for you, and let go of what doesn’t.  “Letting go” may be a physical letting go, or it may be as simple as releasing a certain way of thinking about your situation.

If you feel stuck, stop for a moment.  Take a breath.  Turn to a blank page in your mind.  Ask yourself, “If on this page I found the best me I could be, the me I would most like to be, the highest expression of myself, what would that me look like?” Listen to your heart; feel for your highest truth.  Let yourself be who you find on that page. If you grant yourself that freedom, you are always free to live up to your highest potential.

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On Judgement, Guilt and Punishment

Food for thought:

“In highly evolved societies, no members of those societies are ever judged and found guilty of anything.  They are simply observed to have done something, and the outcome of their actions, the impact of them, is made clear to them.  Then they are allowed to decide what, if anything, they wish to do with regard to that.  And others in the society are likewise allowed to decide what, if anything, they wish to do to and for themselves with regard to that.  They do nothing to another.  The idea of punishment is simply not something that occurs to them, because the concept of punishment itself is incomprehensible to them.”

– Neale Donald Walsch, in Communion with God, p. 151

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Connecting from the Heart

This new year marks, for me, movement in our transition as a world culture.

Many ancient traditions concur that around 2012 comes a transition to a new world age.  While some people view this with fear of an unknown future, I believe we are already living the transition. We have developed a global awareness, and diverse cultures are dialoguing. Eastern spirituality and indigenous ways of life are merging with Western science and culture.

One important aspect of this transition is a global shift from relating primarily with our heads, to relating primarily with our hearts. We each have the individual choice to connect more from our hearts. When we do, we make the world a more compassionate place.

Research by the HeartMath Institute demonstrates the physical effect of heart feelings like compassion and love on ourselves, people around us, and our world.  When we connect through our hearts to ourselves, others, and our world, we help the planet shift toward harmony and peace. We can only help the world be more heart-centered by making the shift ourselves. HeartMath’s Global Coherence Initiative is bringing together people who are making this heart-connection, to facilitate the global shift.

The Global Oneness Project shows, in beautiful short films, a heart-centered view of the world we live in – the inspiration, the beauty, the fear, and the pain.  The project fosters dialogue on how to compassionately meet our own personal and community challenges, and create a more connected and harmonious world.  I often turn to this site for inspiration.

The only way to really understand the heart-connected state is to become familiar with feeling it. I hope these links help you become more familiar with your own sense of heart connection.  You may also find it helpful to quietly bring attention to your heart center, or to focus on sensations in your body without judging them good or bad.

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