This post is inspired by The Daily Post’s prompt Community Service.
Why serve community?
What good is it anyway?
A heart full of gratitude is a heart full of love. You want love, no matter which substitute appearance you create for it. We humans are social animals and our daily lives are dependent on countless humans like us who have lived before and are living now. Right from your family, neighborhood, school, hometown and nation to entire universe–your community is what has provided for your safety, well-being and growth. If you’re grateful for it and look forward to pay back whatever little you can–your heart blooms with love. Your consciousness flowers and you find harmony and peace all around you.
At the deepest level, community service is not just an expression of our gratitude but also an earnest need borne out of deep desire of belonging which is part of being human. Your DNA wants you to support all life and supporting your friends, neighbors, family, poor and downtrodden makes your life shine with love and light.
Your self is not different from the world. You are the world. Whatever you give you give to yourself as there is no duality in the essence. You serve community and get served in the process. You try to assuage and heal others and get healed in the process. You wipe tears and your tears disappear–such is the law of nature.
The technology, art, craft, knowledge and wisdom is all a gift from your community. Sir Issac Newton, despite his extraordinary achievements was so humble when he expressed his gratitude for his scientific ancestors:
Without serving community you can’t grow deep inside yourself and you can’t flower as a complete human being. Selfless service is the way to peace, harmony and bliss.
An increasing ability to serve is the only reliable sign of spiritual progress.–Dalai Lama