"Happiness is not having a lot. Happiness is giving a lot."- Buddha
To serve others is to become more receptive and open to ourselves. Each time we assist another we are renewed and strengthened. In such circumstances, giving is also receiving. During this holiday season, keep these ideas in mind the next time you have the opportunity to help someone.
“I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware, and by the far the largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness, I can wait.”
― Walt Whitman, “A Song of Myself”. Leaves of Grass
Perhaps the best way to move out of the false self and into the true self is to use the most powerful tool at our disposal–unconditional loving.
In other words, don’t let anything you do–no matter how wrong, petty, shameful, or scary–get in the way of your loving. Let your loving embrace every part of you, because that loving and that joyfulness that comes with it is truly who you are.
Unconditional acceptance is the way to deal with the false self, so that we may live in our spiritual nature.
If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to laugh at himself.
Linda Noble Topf is dedicated to assisting others in seeing that chronic illness, debilitating injury, or any kind of adversity in any stage of life, can be viewed as a spiritual awakening, and an opportunity for personal growth.