Sometimes in my practice it feels like the more I learn the less I know. Sometimes all the knowledge I have accumulated is nothing compared to the power of simply listening. Being present for another person is one of the greatest gifts we can offer. Sitting and listening while someone shares their life experience provides a valuable gift to the person being listened to, and at the same time provides you with the gift of wisdom and learning. Such is the case with so many of my patients, including Leigh-Ann, who has been coming into the clinic several times a week now since commencing her cancer treatment.
“Serve, Love, Give” is the mandate that pulses through every thought and action at Rikhiapeeth in India, the heart of Satyananda Yoga. Swami Sivananda established this message decades ago, and passed it on to his student Swami Satyananda who also embodied it. He dedicated his life to serving the people around him. He did not offer charity or random giving, he prioritized learning the needs of people and serving based on this.
I was lucky enough to visit Swami Satyananda’s ashram (Rikhiapeeth) for the third time last month and experience the power of ‘Serve, Love, Give’. I was there to assist Yoga and Meditation retreats being offered to an international group of students, lead by one of my long-time teachers. Even though my focus was on supporting the retreat participants and management, we were all swept into the inspiration of this message.Read More »Serve, Love, Give