Awakin Reading: 'Service'

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Rachel Naomi Remen, Serving Is Different From Helping And Fixing (212118 reads)
In recent years the question how can I help? has become meaningful to many people. But perhaps there is a deeper question we might consider. Perhaps the real question is not how can I help? but how ca...

Grace Dammann, Lessons From An Accident (33925 reads)
For the last forty years, I have been a somewhat compulsive caregiver. However, I found an appropriate niche in medical school, and have happily practiced medicine for the last twenty-five years. For ...

Eknath Easwaran, Full Effort is Full Victory (23252 reads)
Gandhi wanted so deeply to help the world that he dedicated his life to siphoning every trace of self-interest out of his heart and mind, leaving them pure, radiantly healthy, and free to love. It too...

Rachel Naomi Remen, Only Service Heals (21992 reads)
If helping is an experience of strength, fixing is an experience of mastery and expertise. Service, on the other hand, is an experience of mystery, surrender and awe. A fixer has the illusion of being...

Alan Watts, Everything Human Is Natural (20139 reads)
Man is as much attached to nature as a tree, and though he walks freely on two legs and is not rooted in the soil, he is by no means a self-sufficient, self-moving, and self-directing entity. For his ...

Roger Walsh, Seven People Cutting Stones (14592 reads)
For several weeks strange sounds had drifted over the mountains from the neighboring valley. There was much talk in the village about what these noises could be, but no one could make sense of them. E...

TKV Desikachar, The Boss And The Attendants (14179 reads)
The great masters, in ancient times, not only had visions of the Higher Force, they were also very practical. Their teachings are simple: They encourage the development of a great mind, but warn us th...

Bill Plotkin, The Power of Here (13767 reads)
Wisdom traditions worldwide say there's no greater blessing than to live the life of your soul, the source of your deepest personal fulfillment and of your greatest service to others. It's what you we...

Facundo Cabral, With Fullness in Life, Everything is Possible (11992 reads)
You are not depressed; you are distracted. You believe that you have lost something, which is impossible, because everything that you have was given to you. You did not make a single hair of your head...

Keshavan Nair, One Legitimate Use of Power (10890 reads)
Gandhi never held any official position in government, he had no wealth, the commanded no armies -- but he could mobilize millions.  People were willing to serve with him and for him because his ...

Meher Baba, The Danger of Service Without Spirituality (10712 reads)
Service, even when it is utterly selfless, ought to be guided by spiritual understanding; for selfless service, when unintelligently handled, often creates chaos and complications. It could even be th...

Vimala Thakar, Privacy Is Not Possible (9917 reads)
Traditionally, the investigating of psychological weaknesses in relation to social action has been taboo, not acceptable. As long as a social activist provided service to others, it was considered irr...

Marianna Cacciatore, We Start Where We Are (9791 reads)
When we learn to be of service to one another without imposing our ideas and advice, eventually the truth of our wholeness begins to reveal itself. This is how it unfolds.  In the beginning, w...

Zilong Wang, The False Duality Between "Job" And "Service" (9673 reads)
Around the time when I set off for Asia in July, two of my dearest friends/teachers both went from full-time volunteer work to taking full-time jobs. Their decision to return to the "system"...

Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money (9227 reads)
There comes a point where having more than we need becomes a burden. We are overcompensated, overstuffed, swimming in the excess, looking for satisfaction in more or different. We live in a world wher...

Peace Pilgrim, The Four Relinquishments (6659 reads)
Once you've made the first relinquishment, you have found inner peace because it's the relinquishment of self-will. You can work on this by refraining from doing any not-good thing you may be motivate...

Albert Schweitzer, Service of Humanity (4599 reads)
From my childhood up, I was troubled about my right to happiness as a matter of course and about the pain which prevails in the world around me. As long ago as my student days, it struck me as inc...

Bo Lozoff, Magic of Service (3196 reads)
When we live in harmony with the dharma, or the great natural law, everything we do is an act of service. Wherever we are, whatever we do with our time, were lightening the load of the whole planet ju...

Shinzen Young, Share Pain Not Suffering (2681 reads)
Just as insight has many facets, so also with service. I would like to talk about just one aspect -- compassion. Compassion is practiced in two ways: subtly and overtly. You can subtly serve any per...

, Attitude on Donation (1400 reads)
Donation is a part of many lives, but our selfish motives often complicate the subject. In its rudimentary form, donation is a simple act of selfless service, whether we sacrifice our tim...

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