27 May 2011


When you're helping, from your limited vantage point, appreciate that person's struggles and suffering yet also respect their privacy and boundaries.   Ascertain with delicacy and care the extent to which your friend may wish to open up and talk.   Don't take responsibility for solving that friend's life; just be there. Let any feelings of compassion and selflessness come naturally. Watch your feelings so that, if you feel superior or prideful, you can shush your mind and tell it that it should feel grateful for the opportunity to serve. For, in serving by doing what you can to alleviate suffering, you are transcending boundaries and glorifying the One Power in us all.   As you give your life to others, compassion grows; and as compassion grows, you become worthier to receive grace.   Grace is what enables you to grow in you divinity and what helps you gain your true life.

Michael Goddart

[Note that this passage isn't from the above book, but from Bliss:  33 Simple Ways to Awaken Your Spiritual Self.]

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