Service (seva)

As a long time (19 years) student of Yoga Philosophy being of service to the world has been important part of my practice. There are essential inner values that provide ongoing  guidance along the way as I navigate life's challenges towards finding a purposeful life.  Truthfulness, integrity, generosity of spirit to name a few have been guiding principles for me and help me to make use of life's lessons and find my right action. 

 

Often times life requires the uses of keen discernment to avoid its many pitfalls. When I take the time to contemplate "what is the truth of this situation? Is this being helpful vs harming to self and others? Does this align with my values? Does this contribute to the world ...then I find clarity toward taking right action. God is really oh so close !

 

Being of service, making a contribution to society at large (no matter how big or small) speaking the truth and then acting on it is part of what we are here for. There is so much grace when we are in service to others, or to the planet, so much magic can happen when right action (or even helpful action) is taken without attachment to its fruits. 

In my first career out of college as a student of Social Anthropology I became interested in people and different cultures. I worked for an international NGO working in urban slums in Kampala Uganda to design programs that aimed at  alleviating human poverty.  In India I worked as a grant maker to street children's programs some of which were in Red Light districts.    

When I returned to the United States, a little shattered, I moved into a Meditation Ashram studying the philosophy and teachings of Kashmir Shaivism. I became interested in yoga philosophy, Meditation and Ayurveda and the nature of the human spirit and its ability to heal. I started my healing practice serving others.    

 

As a volunteer I work on special projects with the California Massage Therapy Board to make Massage Therapy a safer and more professional industy in which to practice and am also an ambassador for the Marin Coalition for the Prevention of Human Trafficking https://www.mcceht.org/  hoping to extend a helping hand to end a heinous crime.  

I hope to remind people that true joy lies in serving others in both big and small ways and that this is what we are here for.  We truly are ALL One Being.... according to eastern philosophy, And when we are in service to others we are in service to our selves. The world needs our acts on kindness, not our arrogance, our selfless service to others, not our greediness, our generosity of spirit and not our with holding. The world and what we create it to be is our responsibility. Lets all start somewhere ! We can do this !!

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