we're helping other people, we're nourishing our soul.
Depression or unhappiness means we've got the wrong
We have forgotten that peace of mind is our
By concentrating on helping another
person, we renew contact
with our soul and with God.
We can feel peaceful again. . . .
Peace of mind has
nothing to do with the external world;
it has only to do
with our connection with God. Love really is
answer. We're here only to teach love. When
we're doing that,
our souls are singing and dancing.
When we remind ourselves
that we are spiritual
beings, that life and love are the flame eternal,
when our soul is nourished.
are many quotations out there that focus on helping other
people as a way to be happy, and the idea is universal
enough that it seems that it must be true. The Dalai
Lama has written a great deal about compassion and what it
means, and the bottom line seems to be feeling what others
feel in order to help them to work their way through their
lives and their problems.
isn't necessarily putting ourselves out there in society and
spending our time at soup kitchens or homeless
shelters. The people who work in those places
definitely have a calling, and their work is
under-appreciated by society as a whole. But you and I
probably are going to be much more effective by helping our
co-workers, our children, our spouses, our neighbors, or our
woman I know once spent a lot of time with the woman who
the street from her, who was going through very difficult emotional
times. This woman felt that she was just offering a
bit of support, but a couple of years later someone else
told her that the other woman had said that she probably had
saved her life when things were very bad. The
"little bit" of support that she offered, then,
has affected the woman, her children, her spouse, her birth
family, her friends, and all the people that she ever will
know in a very positive way.
not all going to prevent someone from committing
suicide. But if I can help to build this man's
self-esteem through love and compassion, his marriage may
improve, and his children will benefit from the stronger
relationship between their parents, and then their children
will benefit. . . . And who knows--one day when I
really need it, he may be there to help me. This is
what love is, and it does help our souls to share it.
Questions to ponder:
1. If you could receive any kind of
help at all right now, what would it be?
Can you think of others who may want that same kind of help?
2. What are the long-term effects on
of spreading love and feeling compassion?
3. Do you regularly nourish your
soul be helping others?
For further thought:
your eyes and look for a human being, or some work
devoted to human welfare, which needs from someone a
little time or friendliness, a little sympathy, or
sociability, or labor. There may be a solitary or an
embittered fellowman, an invalid, or an inefficient
person to whom you can be something. Perhaps it is an old
person or a child. Or some good work needs volunteers who
can offer a free evening, or run errands. Who can
enumerate the many ways in which that costly piece of
working capital, a human being, can be employed? More of
him is wanted everywhere! Search, then, for some
investment for your humanity, and do not be frightened
away if you have to wait, or to be taken on trial. And be
prepared for disappointments. But in any case, do not be
without some secondary work in which you can give
yourself as a human to other humans. It is marked out for you, if
you only truly will to have it.