Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others? — Martin Luther King
One of the biggest steps forward in anyone’s spiritual growth has much to do with being in service to others. When you strive to do for others, your heart energy expands to allow more light into your body and spirit, while simultaneously increasing your capacity to shine more of your divine light out into the world. The more actively and consciously you serve others, the brighter your light. The brighter your light, the more you are in line with your conscious spiritual path.
There are a number of ways you can serve others and shine your light every day. Perhaps you simply proof a co-worker’s business proposal, or help a neighbor’s child with their homework, or load groceries into the car of a woman struggling to control her two toddlers. Is there an elderly person next door who needs his home painted, a shut-in who needs someone to read to her, a lonely child who could use a “big brother” or “big sister” or a surrogate grandparent? Serving others is not being servile, rather it is love made tangible. Service to others demonstrates your love for them with your actions as well as your words.
Volunteer. Even if you work full time, and lead an extraordinarily busy life, you’d be surprised how energized and inspired you become when you do something for someone else. If you volunteer a few hours each week, or even once monthly, your heart expands exponentially, and your soul light shines brighter. There are homeless shelters, battered women shelters, soup kitchens, Golden Age centers, none of which could survive if it were not for the loving support and hard work of volunteers. If those options do not ring your bell, there is a great need for loving people to hold and rock sick babies in neo-natal wards of hospitals. You can volunteer your time, skills and effort for a community center, or school, or you can join a local service organization such as Elks, Moose, Lions, Rotary, or one of many other organizations in your community. You can volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, or the forest service, or public radio to help raise funds. Seek volunteer opportunities for something you believe in and resonate with on a heart level.
If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, and wish to do something for others (but are unsure where or how to volunteer), go to www.volunteerlosangeles.com. You’ll find all kinds of organizations there who need you. Or, you can approach a local organization and simply ask what you can do for them. One very fine organization is Walk With Sally, which provides free-of-charge support and services to children whose parents or siblings have cancer. To find out more about this incredible non-profit located on Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance, and to inquire about opportunities to volunteer for them, go to www.walkwithsally.org, or call 310 378-5843.
No matter what you choose to do, the idea is that you give of yourself in service to others in a way that matters. The greatest spiritual question you can ask yourself upon rising every morning is “How can I be of service to others today?“ Or as Vincent Van Gogh said: How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
Please feel free to e-mail Peggy at Peggyawheeler@yahoo.com.