Service Comes First

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.