I usually pack my dayplanner with items related to work or some sort of self support activity. But this week in particular I was actively helping others. It’s usually a smaller chunk of my calendar time, but this week got flipped and I spent most of my week helping others. Never once was I mad, felt inconvenienced or hated what I was doing. I’ve come to believe that living a more fulfilling and satisfying life involves moving outside of self-centered behaviors. The catch-22 here is that when I work in my altruistic behaviors, I increasingly find that my life becomes more enriched and rewarding. As I pursue selflessness, I gradually become less self-centered and more connected in a harmonious way others and the world. My selflessness inevitably rewards me.
This week, I was reminded about the pains I had in anxiety and depression through working with other sufferers. I was able to put together some suggestions and coach them through their episodes. While doing this, I was also reminded of the importance of determination in my own struggles and why I must remain vigilant in managing dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors in my own life. The act of teaching and giving back allows the teacher to become the student. The practice of healing others is the best medicine for your own health.
” The practice of healing others is the best medicine for your own health.”
Spiritually speaking, the practice of love is thought of as a way of connecting us with our true nature, or the God, or Good, within us. However, we also become one with others. Giving back is an expression of our empathetic higher nature, and a link of our humanity. As a result, we experience fulfillment in our lives, developing a meaning and purpose. If you are looking to extend your own spiritual growth or maybe find a new way of extending your existing practices, find ways in which you can reach out and help your fellow man. If this seems unappealing, you may want to explore the “why”. In my situation, it was social anxiety with a tinge of selfishness that led me to stay out of many opportunities These days, however, I can see that pushing through that actually helped me overcome my own anxiety issues which also helped me overcome my own dismissive behaviors . It takes time to overcome selfish behaviors, but the rewards given through altruistic work are worth the effort.