A Tradition of Service
For dedicated Yoga practitioners, and kind people everywhere, a life of service is the most rational way to leave this world a better place than they found it.
"One of the easiest ways to help ourselves is to help another," said Linda Wilkerson, co-owner of Yoga Village. "As we deepen our practice we naturally want to give back."
The Mindset of Giving and Compassion
Seva is the term Yogi’s use to describe this kind of service. It can refer to simple chores done in a mindful and giving manner. It can refer to volunteer and community service of just about every variety. It can refer to charitable giving. The key is our mindset when giving and doing.
Swami Niranjan explains the concept like this: “The word seva means ‘together with’ and is describing those actions that seek collective upliftment through an understanding of the needs of others and are based on togetherness and integration. Seva is an expression of compassion, of the desire to uplift and assist people. “
In what ways do you feel blessed and share blessings?
Here at Yoga Village, we’d like to know what you think about seva, of service to others, of your personal insights about giving. We feel inspired when others are. Let us know your heart-warming story of giving or prayer for the world by clicking on the comment tag below. In what ways do you feel blessed and share your blessings?
Photo by Susan at Yoga Village Basket Brigade 2009