Expressing Your Love Through Service

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

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Toni had always loved animals. One day she discovered that there was a wonderful animal sanctuary not far from her, a place that took in animals no one else wanted. Toni started to volunteer there and found that it brought her great joy to help maintain this loving sanctuary.

Work, too, can be service. When you experience your work as helping people and you love doing it, it is service, whether you are a hairdresser, a teacher, a physician, an auto mechanic, a therapist, an attorney or a bus driver. While you get paid for your time, no one can pay you forrepparttar love you put into it. Love is always a gift that comes through you.

In fact, anything you offer that expresses your love is service - your time, creativity, encouragement or a warm and caring smile to a hassled store clerk. Service is not only expressed in specific works but also in your intention in each and every moment. Have you ever smiled at a stranger or offered a compliment just because you noticed something in him or her that caught your eye? When wasrepparttar 135771 last time you said how much you appreciate someone? When your heart is open to others, service can be a way of life.

The practice of service does not have to be done only on an individual level. It is possible for whole families to participate in service projects. Rather than relaxing aroundrepparttar 135772 house and watching TV together, you can participate in a local environmental or social project. Families who do service together generally maintain a higher level of values and unity than those who do not createrepparttar 135773 time for such activities.

Each of us needs to findrepparttar 135774 service that excites us, enlivens us and fills our heart with joy as we express God’s love through our actions. Giving forrepparttar 135775 pure joy of giving feedsrepparttar 135776 soul. We love God by lovingrepparttar 135777 children of God and serving them in any way we can. It is through service that we can truly grow spiritually. Through service, we are confronted with our issues and givenrepparttar 135778 opportunity to practice our lovingness and expand beyond what we think our limits are.

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-author of eight books, including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?" and “Healing Your Aloneness.” She is the co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding healing process. Learn Inner Bonding now! Visit her web site for a FREE Inner Bonding course: or email her at Phone Sessions Available.

Dancing With Our Shadow

Written by Judi Singleton

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The shadow contains all we judge as unacceptable to showrepparttar world. We expend huge amounts of energy hiding this side of ourselves fromrepparttar 135742 world and ourselves. Huge parts of ourself is lost inrepparttar 135743 shadow side. When we reclaim this part of ourselves dreams are realized. The energy we were using to surpress all of these "unwanted orphan part of ourself" is made available to us once more. As long as we will not adopt our poor orphan side of ourself and claim her, bring her torepparttar 135744 light and celebrate her we are at war with ourselves. We will continue to draw people into our lives that will mirror for us. This isrepparttar 135745 Universe trying so hard to show usrepparttar 135746 inner, give us a chance to heal. Embracing our shadow allows us to reclaimrepparttar 135747 power we once gave away. Our wounds are transformed into wisdom andrepparttar 135748 parts of us we once believed to be our deepest flaws are revealed as our greatest assets.

Embracing our shadows isrepparttar 135749 ultimate act of self-love. Shadow work is not about becoming perfect it is about becoming all that we can be. It is about giving torepparttar 135750 world allrepparttar 135751 talents, abilities and light that we were born with and in this giving of ourselves we discover we are powerful.

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