The following post was shared with me by a friend in Miami. The last paragraph particularly “speaks my mind” and I think is very Buddhist in nature. The word Buddhism comes from ‘budhi’, ‘to awaken’. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago in India.
The words “service” or “serve” are interesting as well with layers of meaning,e.g., to give to or perform for.
By the way, this comes from a Unity Church sermon.
Serving the Self
by Rev. Chris Jackson
We are always serving energy to our world. Even if we serve with words or actions, those words and actions are stimulated by our thoughts, and thoughts have energy about them.
What kind of thought energy, then, are we serving ourselves? What kind of thought energy are we serving others?
Our service is not limited to people. There is a Divine essence in all material expression. If you get in your car to head for an urgent meeting and it doesn’t start, what kind of thoughts and energy do you serve your automobile? If you wanted to lose five pounds in one week and discover, in fact, that you have actually gained two, what kind of thought and energy do you serve yourself?
We are in service to everything that is part of our experience. Understanding this, we begin to want to live life with great sensitivity and awareness, desiring to serve only the highest energy to everyone and everything, including ourselves — from our lover to our enemy — from a flower to a thorn. For the energy we serve to our world is the energy we are serving to ourselves. All of life is one.
This too “Speaks my Mind”. In particular the part:
“we begin to want to live life with great sensitivity and awareness, desiring to serve only the highest energy to everyone and everything, including ourselves”.
Although it is a simple statement, it is not one that comes easily to most including myself. I have always wanted to live my life this way and believed others should too but it is the first time I have actually connected this to religion per se. I find this insight to be very helpful to me at this time in my life.