Posts Tagged ‘selfless’

Adam’s Year in India: Heeding the Call of Children in Need

May 4, 2012

Adam Johnson at the Jhamste Gatsal Children’s Community

On Thursday, April 18, while walking home from a yoga class, I passed by Adam Johnson, who like me is a member of Self-Realization Fellowship. I didn’t know Adam well, but had spoken to him briefly a few times. He was talking to a friend so I nodded and waved as I walked by. A few seconds later, Adam called out my name and walked over to talk. He looked happier than I had ever seen him. He gave me a business card highlighted with the words Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community and said that he was leaving the next day for India to volunteer teach at a children’s school for the next year. He would be chronicling his experiences in a blog, and asked if I’d look at it and give him some feedback. I said I’d be happy to and wished him luck.

A few days later, I watched the above video on the community’s website and was deeply moved by what I saw. What Adam is doing is incredible, dedicating a year of his life to helping poverty-stricken children half way across the world. Then again, I suspect Adam will be benefitting as much as or more than the children he will be helping. I was glad that I ran into Adam on the eve of his trip. In support of Adam and the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community, I am presenting excerpts from the first few entries on Adam’s blog.

Click here to read Adam’s blog, Nanu Helper.

Click here to make a donation to Jhamste Gastal Children’s Community.


There is a need. We have known about communities around the world lacking water, food, shelter and education. The crisis has been ignored long enough. The time (more…)

You Are Part of a Larger Family

February 25, 2012

This four-minute video may be a bit on the amateurish side but its message is right on: It’s not all about you. As soon as you awaken to that truth—when your shift from self-centered to other-centered clicks into place—you cannot look anywhere without seeing opportunities to help, comfort or inspire others.

Be kind, for everyone you (more…)

Live as the Means, Not as the End

December 5, 2011

What does living a life of service look like? I haven’t found a better description than this one by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold.

You are not the oil, you are not the air—merely the point of combustion, the flash-point where the light is born. You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as a lens does.

If you seek yourself, “your rights,” you prevent the oil and air from meeting in the flame, you rob the lens of its transparency. Sanctity—either to be the Light, or to be self-effaced in the Light, so that it may be born, self-effaced so that it may be focused or spread wider.

You will know Life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of (more…)

You Are But a Witness

April 12, 2011

True giving is an act of selfless service. The worthiness of the recipient and the consequences of your giving are not your concern.

You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights, is worthy of all else from you.
And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream. . . .
For in truth it is life that gives unto life—while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.

Kahlil Gibran

True giving has no ulterior motives. You do (more…)

Attracting Abundance for All the Right Reasons

November 22, 2010

Are you one of the many people who wished you had more money and a life of abundance, yet feel selfish or unworthy asking for such blessings? In an earlier post I wrote on accepting the gift of financial abundance, I pointed out that limiting yourself financially may be limiting the amount of good you can do in the world.

Therein lies the key to hurdling the obstacles that are blocking your success: a commitment to service. Whatever or whomever you choose to serve, using your good fortune to serve a higher good takes your ego out of the equation and clears the way for you to welcome true abundance into your life.

Here’s what I mean. Repeat the following affirmation three times:

I gladly accept all (more…)

When Selflessness Becomes Selfishness

August 21, 2010

An online friend told me recently how overwhelmed she was by her job and family responsibilities. She was on the brink of shutting down the daycare business she ran because she was miserably tired every day and the very thought of continuing such a demanding schedule exhausted her. But she felt she had to keep grinding away because her family’s needs were more important than her own.

I told her that taking care of everyone else without also taking care of herself was doing a disservice to everyone in her life. I asked her to take a step back and think about how her feeling so perpetually sleep-deprived and miserable was affecting the quality of her daily interactions with her husband, her children and her customers. Even worse, slogging on so “selflessly” would mean she’d have even less to offer in the years to come.

I said that living selflessly is a noble cause but it’s guaranteed to backfire unless (more…)

Doorway to the Divine

March 30, 2010

When you identify with ego, with individuality, separateness, and scarcity, you see yourself as naked and vulnerable in an unfriendly world. Transcend your ego, and you discover that behind every perceived separation from spirit is a doorway to the divine.

Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.
Simone Weil

Lose yourself in ego and you unconsciously act selfishly. Lose yourself in spirit and you consciously act selflessly.

Once you get hold of selflessness, you’ll be dragged (more…)