I really can’t say enough about service. And I feel often the word service is very loaded- implying hierarchy. I'm calling for a "rebranding" of service as a guiding principle and a way of being.
Sometimes we think this has to be a huge, sweeping, bold thing– skywriter territory– but really, service begins when you pause, take a deep breath, and look for the common threads between self and other. There is such a need for more of this, and a lot of future anguish might not happen if folks regularly practice presence and deep listening. As Patanjali's Yoga Sutra 2:16 states, heyam dukham anagatam: The suffering that has not yet come can be avoided.
In recent days I've been intentionally focusing on spending more time, energy, and resources in the area of activism-- there are opportunities everywhere to actively participate.
I hope you will join me as I:
- work with local non profits, donating what you can
- find like minded individuals with whom you can share challenges and support one another
- get active! find national organizations fighting hate, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice; defending and preserving individual rights and liberties; and creating solutions for lasting environmental change, protecting
- support local organizations working to address and end violence, focusing on the LGBTQ community; and organizing white people for racial justice.
Check out my blog for periodic updates about service opportunities and featuring people making a difference in our community.