Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
“I (Rob) had the opportunity to lead a pro-bono chair yoga class at an assisted living center in town this morning. While I had some reservations, I sat down and led the class anyway.
Looking out at a dozen elderly people in wheel chairs, many of whom couldn’t hear a word I was saying or do even half of the simple movements, I was filled with gratitude. No money exchanged hands; I was paid with kind eyes, smiles, and words of thanks.
The Universe, it seems, has a sense of humor. Earlier this week I believed that leading this class was a kind gesture, but a business loss (my exact thought was “doing this isn’t going to put food in your belly”). It was pretty amusing when one of the caretakers asked for my card and inquired about beginner classes and I got permission to pick their apple tree clean. Looks like I got fed after all, physically and spiritually.
Jai Uttal related a story one time about Seva (selfless service). He wasn’t “feeling” a kirtan concert and had doubts about continuing. An Indian friend responded by saying “You Americans all think that Seva is eating some prasad (consecrated sweets) and blissing out!” I’ll never forget this story.
Sometimes I feel a little uncomfortable about service. But that’s how I know it’s truly service.
Blessings and love, friends. Thanks for reading this.”
My new roommates may not be perfect, but they’re pretty damn close.
They thank me for organizing the furniture and hanging things on the wall. They don’t get offended if they have to take out the garbage. They buy new tvs and dvd players so I can watch too. They ask me to turn my music BACK ON.