After a late night of "Ubering", Saturday morning I awoke in a not-the-most-pleasant of mind states. So I meditated, practiced yoga, cooked a healthy lunch, but could still feel a lingering sense of fatigue and irritability (we have to be vigilant as this is when our minds can be most vulnerable.) At the same time I was receiving texts from a musician friend who was asking for a ride for himself and his drummer (and all of their gear) to a show they had that evening in the Southside. I noticed my reluctance in wanting to help, coming up with this reason and that reason why it wouldn't work out. It all arose out of this misconception that I was suddenly limited in what I could give, unable to do so because I didn't feel my best.
So, fully aware of what was going on, overcoming my initial resistance I said "yes".
And wouldn't you know that my spirit lifted the moment I saw my friend, and my heart rejoiced in lending a hand in toting their gear to the car.
Isn't it interesting that when we're suffering we perceive the antidote as part of the problem rather than the solution?
I feel fortunate to have trained in a lineage of Yoga that teaches:
Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize.
Service comes first.
Next time you're not feeling your best I encourage you to try to act selflessly for someone else. While it's not the aim to receive anything in return, just see if helping others helps you.
It does me.