As I see it, the challenge is to be of service and be responsive to the other without taking responsibility for the other, to care without carrying, to be involved with the other without losing self. We are relational. I am also individual. The challenge is to be relational in a way that I hold onto my individuality, and to be an individual in a way that allows relationship and involvement. It is a dialectic that is part of life and we always struggle with and never do perfectly.
This is true. Thank you
Thank you for your clarity . there is a resonance for me!
On May 20, 2014 satyagrahi wrote :
If we only focus on cleaning ourselves and leaving the rest to God, we will have the situation in India where every home is clean and the outside is an incredible mess. We can pollute the Ganga because its God's business to clean it.
There is 'our' business and there is also the overlap in our individual business. Also, there are extroverts who improve by getting feedback from the 'sangha'. Yes, there are yoga practioners who practice and improve on their own. But many find it better to go to a class, get feedback, watch others, make friends, share, comment, ... and improve yoga thru interaction. Often, someone who find it 'their' business to comment on mine, help me grow and learn (even if the feedback is often negative or negatively given). I have found it difficult to work only on myself, by myself.
Service does give me a path, and sangha gives me enormous support and courage.