Expressing Your Love Through Service

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

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Title: Expressing Your Love Through Service Author: Margaret Paul, Ph.D. E-mail: Copyright: © 2005 by Margaret Paul URL: Word Count: 767 Category: Self Improvement, Spiritual Growth

Expressing Your Love Through Service By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

A client of mine told me that she had been making food for a friend of hers who was very ill. “I find that my heart opens and I feel so happy when I am doing something for someone else. I need to do this more, but I don’t know what to do.”

Doing service is a powerful way to openrepparttar 135772 heart and fulfillrepparttar 135773 soul. Those people who do service know how much joy they receive from giving to others. The more inner work we do to fill ourselves with love,repparttar 135774 more our heart overflows torepparttar 135775 point where we may feel compelled to help others.

There are many forms of service and we each need to findrepparttar 135776 way that works best for us. There is no right way. We can serve by helping one person, such as being a Big Brother or Big Sister to a disadvantaged child, or we can be of service by helping whole groups, such as raising funds for environmental projects. We can offer our time building houses forrepparttar 135777 poor, or we can offer money. We can choose to be of service to people, animals or Mother Earth. Your service may be in being a loving parent to your children, helping a friend in need or being a loving mate who supportsrepparttar 135778 other’s highest good in many little ways. Doing service is a matter of discovering your passion and then offering your time and love. You might have a special interest in protectingrepparttar 135779 environment, stopping child abuse, helpingrepparttar 135780 homeless or caring forrepparttar 135781 dying. You might offer service through your creativity, creating beautiful drawings, ceramics or quilts to donate to charitable causes or give as gifts. Tuning in to your feelings of what brings you joy will lead you toward knowing how you want to be of service to others.

Steve discovered his passion for helpingrepparttar 135782 elderly when his father became ill and was in a convalescent home. A hard-driving businessman, Steve was surprised to find how joyous and fulfilled he felt when he visited his father and brought his humor and compassion torepparttar 135783 other elderly atrepparttar 135784 home. Being withrepparttar 135785 elderly was so satisfying, Steve decided to cut back on his work and spend more time atrepparttar 135786 home. He had discovered what makes his heart sing.

Dancing With Our Shadow

Written by Judi Singleton

"The outer forms of our lives can change in an instant, butrepparttar inner reorientation that brings us back into a vital relation to people and activity takes time. " ~ William Bridges Our dark side contains allrepparttar 135742 events, stories, and things we wanted to hide about ourselves, from ourselves. Many things hidden inrepparttar 135743 dark side are good things, postive things, that when we decided they were not so good we hid them. Perhaps you loved to draw like I did when I was a child and you traced things to color. One of your parents told you that was wrong so you stopped trying to draw, to use others ideas, and to use and enjoy color. So you hid it there inrepparttar 135744 dark. Or your Mother was always saying "Don't raise your hand to me young lady," You were really little so you gotrepparttar 135745 idea you had power in your hands. Maybe you did have power in your hands healing power. So you hid that away too thinking your hands could hurt someone. These are just examples of what I found hidden in my dark side. Well, I found a lot of hurtful things too. I found child abuse. I had hidden it away and it was pouring out in my life, jumping out and making me act out without having any control overrepparttar 135746 hidden emotions. I found a profound fear of death that I am still exploring trying to find out whose fear it is, obviously it is mine now but who instilled that fear there. Whose idea was it inrepparttar 135747 first place. Somehow this helps me to find out it was never my idea inrepparttar 135748 first place it was my mothers, a teacher, my grandmothers. Then I can say well that was never my idea inrepparttar 135749 first place so I don't have to think it anymore. Jung said, "To confront a person with his own shadow is to confront him with his own light." I believe that by intergrating ourselves both negative and positive we become a whole person. As we allow our holiness to unfold we become more self loving and authentic. Debbie Ford says"The Shadow Process gives us access to loving all of ourselves. This deep and profound work teaches us how to love each and every aspect of our humanity. It enables us to embrace bothrepparttar 135750 darkness of our smallest self andrepparttar 135751 brilliant light of our highest self. Making peace with our dark side is a sacred journey. It demands rigorous honesty, courage and a great deal of compassion. Embracing our shadow delivers us emotional wholeness andrepparttar 135752 absolute freedom to be who we are. When we are filled with self-love and self-appreciation, we automatically attractrepparttar 135753 miraculous experience of love and appreciation from others."

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