Angeles Arrien in her book, Living in Gratitude a Journey That Will Change Your Life, has us look at compassionate service. She writes that compassionate service cultivates mutuality, reciprocity, and gratitude. Where are you involved in compassionate service in your life at this time? What wise actions of thankfulness and generosity do you want to extend to yourself and others this month? Notice this month where you have extended compassion to others. Where have others extended compassion to you?
She also suggests one of the best set of practices for becoming a better person through cultivating compassionate service comes from Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush in their book Compassion in Action: Setting Out on a Path of Service. In this book, we are advised to: be brave, start small, use what you’ve got, do something you enjoy, and don’t over commit.
Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen,
and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him…
Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny?
Will it lead to self-rule for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.
MOHANDAS GANDHI (1869-1948)
Embody the love, gratitude,
and compassion you want to promote