“Joy in life comes from living for the welfare of all.” – Gandhi
How does selfish spoil your happiness?
Isn’t focusing on getting and gaining and experiencing things just for ourselves exhausting?
A neat trick for increased energy, perhaps unlimited, is to let go of all selfish concern and align totally with serving and giving. In a pure, dedicated, devotional spirit of serving and giving, the human vessel becomes like the Energizer Bunny. It can keep going on and on and on! Selfless service, giving, and generosity are incredibly energizing. Connected with a pure intention, we hardly ever need to sleep. And, when we do sleep, even that sleep is aligned with the pure intention, and we honor that by sleeping we are serving. Every moment is an opportunity to align with the pure spirit of serving and giving.
Even eating can be performed in a spirit of service. Enjoying the food and being in a relaxed state of peace while eating is a service itself, and the eating can also be understood to nourish the body so that it can continue to serve, physically and mentally. The spiritual service is every moment, internally a matter of attitude and awareness, and then whatever acts happen externally on the physical plane of the world are just a way that pure internal intention manifests. Ultimately, the service is in being joyful and peaceful itself, and only goodness can flow from that internal awareness.
Sometimes, in the moment, we might pose the question, “How can I serve?” and we might find it seems like there is nothing externally to be done. In moments like those, we can simply direct the awareness within, do our best to abide in a peaceful and loving energy field, and perhaps – if you feel so inclined – send out silent blessings to everyone and everything around us. Silently blessing is a service opportunity available to us every moment. And when we bless something, it doesn’t even have to be an animate object, much less a human. We can always bless inanimate objects like computers, mugs, cell phones, sidewalks, etc. So, as you can see, the opportunities to bless are limitless! As are the opportunities to serve and give 🙂
When we align with the spirit of service and giving, we free ourselves from the limited confines of the small human identity. We realize we are here not just for our small selves, but we are here for the whole. What good are we if we are not of service to the whole? If we are only focused on gaining for ourselves and experiencing pleasure for ourselves, who really cares if we are around, anyway? It is a joy to be a service, and truly the gift is in giving itself. The giver of a gift is actually the one who receives, because every time we give is an opportunity for us to get outside of our ego and our selfishness and expand our identity to that of a servant of humanity, a spark of the Divine.
Selfish thoughts and acts are painful. Selfless thoughts are painless. The Supreme Truth lies beyond both. “Unselfishness is God,” says Swami Vivekananda. If God isn’t Supreme Happiness, what possibly could be?
So forget about being happy – in many ways that is a selfish concern. Rather, just focus on serving and giving and loving, regardless of whatever brings you – just focus on being a servant of all humanity and loving all of life – and all the happiness will follow. So yes, you might say you are serving to be happy – and really that’s all fine because it all leads us to the same Supreme Truth, and that pure loving energy that is beyond all thoughts and beyond all selfishness.
“The Dedicated ever enjoy Supreme Peace; therefore, live only to serve.”
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!