A few weeks ago during one of the Ashtanga [YOGA] classes I regularly attend, my teacher posed this question to the group:
Where can your good do the most?
For some reason, that very basic question really has stuck with me.
It sounds simple, but when you truly think about it, and let it sink in, its starts provoking a whole array of thoughts... or at least it did for me.
We all posses different qualities, talents and interests, accompanied by a unique way in which we see the world.
What if instead of thinking "Where can I do good in the world?"
We considered our true gifts and talents and used them as a driver and thought about: "Where can the GOOD I already possess have the biggest impact?"
“Every morning think as you wake up:
I am alive,
I have a precious human life,
I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself,
To expand my heart out to others,
To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
I am not going to get angry,
Or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
-Dalai Lama XIV
I like to think that every single action we take, begins with an intention. Whether it is something minor, or something potentially life changing, there is a reason behind what we do.
In todays society, most of our intentions tend to be self-centered. We are looking out for our best interests, seeking happiness, comfort and contentment.
As important as it is for us to be happy, why not put the interest of others in the foreground of our intentions once in awhile?
I really believe that if we dedicate our actions towards helping others, it will increase our ability to love, feel compassion and truly appreciate life.
Think about this quote before you act. Notice how it feels to look out for others around you.
When you put the well being and feelings of others into your daily actions, it may just begin to shift how you see the world.