Reading Archive (Service)

Serving Is Different From Helping And Fixing

Rachel Naomi Remen

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...

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227K reads, 48 comments

Lessons From An Accident

Grace Dammann

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 ...

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36K reads, 18 comments

Full Effort is Full Victory

Eknath Easwaran

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...

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26K reads, 24 comments

Everything Human Is Natural

Alan Watts

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 ...

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25K reads, 11 comments

Only Service Heals

Rachel Naomi Remen

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...

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25K reads, 29 comments

The Boss And The Attendants

TKV Desikachar

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...

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16K reads, 4 comments

Seven People Cutting Stones

Roger Walsh

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...

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16K reads, 8 comments

The Power of Here

Bill Plotkin

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...

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15K reads, 10 comments

With Fullness in Life, Everything is Possible

Facundo Cabral

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...

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14K reads, 13 comments

One Legitimate Use of Power

Keshavan Nair

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 ...

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12K reads, 6 comments

The Danger of Service Without Spirituality

Meher Baba

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...

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12K reads, 8 comments

The False Duality Between "Job" And "Service"

Zilong Wang

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"...

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11K reads, 22 comments

Privacy Is Not Possible

Vimala Thakar

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...

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11K reads, 11 comments

We Start Where We Are

Marianna Cacciatore

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...

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11K reads, 5 comments

The Soul of Money

Lynne Twist

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...

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10K reads, 13 comments

The Four Relinquishments

Peace Pilgrim

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...

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7K reads, 4 comments

Service of Humanity

Albert Schweitzer

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...

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5K reads

Magic of Service

Bo Lozoff

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...

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4K reads

Share Pain Not Suffering

Shinzen Young

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...

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3K reads

Attitude on Donation

Author Unknown

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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2K reads