December, 2019

Where are you of service?

Dear Friends,

Where are you of service?

If you are in a so-called “service business” and get paid, this doesn’t count.

Selfless service, the kind where you don’t get paid, where you help others because you want to, because you can, this is the best kept spiritual practice in the world. In my spiritual tradition, it is called seva.

A friend told me the other day that he might vote for a presidential candidate because he was “good for the economy.” So, I read about this candidate. He probably would affect the stock market in a positive way.

But what about social services? What about the climate? What about this global community which so needs our attention and care? Money is easy. It comes and goes. There is nothing you can do about it.

The happiest I have been in my life has been practicing my spiritual path: bhakti. This means devotion. It does not mean I spend hours blissfully sitting in meditation (although boy-oh-boy-oh-boy does that sound delicious).

This means serving others wherever and whenever I can. Asking who needs help.

Last week I was unloading my groceries at Trader Joe’s. I was carrying bag after bag from the store to my car. Suddenly a woman appeared who began doing an assembly line with another woman from my cart-to-me-to-my car. She had the most beautiful eyes. We had the cart unloaded quickly and as I thanked her, I swallowed the lump in my throat and said how much I appreciated her help. She looked me squarely in my eyes and said, “Of course. This is just what we do.”

Yes, it is just what we do. We always do it. We help others. Always and all ways.

Ask where you can be of service. You will be sent.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Love, Gopita

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