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Excerpted from Wisdom Bowls by Meredith Young-Sowers. Copyright 2002 by Meredith Young-Sowers. Excerpted by permission of Stlilpoint Publishing.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"Sharing with others is like owning a goose that lays golden eggs."

  Meredith Young-Sowers, Wisdom Bowls, Part 4

Selfless Service to Others

Service to others means that we are willing to share. It doesn't mean that we must have to be saints or entirely selfless people. It means we have a part of us that isn't solely self-focused; we can peek out over the edge of our full lives to care about others. Service is an opportunity to grow our capacity to love. And because love is the energy of life, the more we love, the stronger, healthier, and happier we are. Loving others doesn't mean they will love us. Sharing with others doesn't mean they will share with us. We're sharing because it's important to us. There is no explanation for the charge we feel when we share with others. You have to try it to believe how wonderful it makes you feel. Sharing small things can make a difference to someone. Sharing doesn't mean depleting your resources; quite the contrary. Sharing creates abundance to meet your needs, with resources still left to assist others.

Sharing with others is like owning a goose that lays golden eggs. The golden eggs are the little things we do to make life better around us. The goose, the source of love and joy, is your own heart and its ability to generate Grace.

Keeping the Energy Moving

Create a plan for yourselves that shows how you can manage each of the seven practices each day. Into your plan, integrate your usual schedule so that you can decide how, what, and when you will perform each practice. Otherwise, days fly past, and even with the best of intentions you never get to the practices that can change your life in the ways you most desire. While we're all short on time, we do find the time for what we prioritize as essential to our health and to our mental and spiritual well-being. By combining some of the practices, you can easily cover them all in a day.

What counts isn't the length of time we spend doing a practice but the quality of the time spent. When you exert an intention to be successful, the practices can become a way of life. The benefits will be visible right away in feeling centered, renewed, and in touch with our inner, sacred selves. If we're recovering from an illness, we'll see significant progress in our healing.

The results will be proportional to our willingness to show up. Slow and steady is the pace we want, rather than sprinting with new commitments that are impossible to keep. The only reason we're performing the practices is that they serve our health and happiness. Our lives may feel out of control, but the ways we choose to spend our time are up to us.

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