Service as a Pathway to Our Higher Selves

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity — Leo Tolstoy

What does it mean to be the best version of yourself?

While the specifics may vary from person to person, all over the world people are discovering one fundamental truth…

People light up when they are able to help each other.

In fact, I would attest that we are our truest and highest selves when we are living in service to one another.

Why do I feel this way? Well, human beings crave community. We have a strong desire and deep human need to be connected and we have a desire to be needed. We want to make a contribution, and we want our lives to matter.

Now when I talk about living a life of service I’m not suggesting that we should all be zen monks (although that’s a very gracious path). What I am suggesting is that we focus on service in our lives.

What does that look like?

Well, regardless of what industry you work in or where you live, you have certain gifts and the ability to share them. Living in service simply means designing a life that acknowledges those developed skills, abilities, gifts, and their value to your community — AND of course acting on that knowledge.

It sounds simple, I know. However when you see the world through that lens, it opens up your possibilities and encourages you to constantly strive to perfect your gifts, and your desires begin to align with the greater good.

Time magazine also recently sighted that through fMRI technology, we can now confirm that giving (and contributing acts of service) activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex.

Scientist and author Matthew Lieberman in an interview with Scientific Journal also had some nice thoughts on our need to stay connected… “across many studies of mammals, from the smallest rodents all the way to us humans, the data suggests that we are profoundly shaped by our social environment and that we suffer greatly when our social bonds are threatened or severed.” In other words, we are hard-wired to depend on each other. Keeping that in mind, it makes sense that we are also hard wired to help each other. Because community and purpose are so integral to who we are as human beings, living a life of service puts us in a prime position to thrive.

When we are in service to others, we operate from a space of gratitude and are aligned with our natural impulses as human beings.

Being in service helps you to understand your purpose and your relationship to the people around you. Having a better understanding of yourself and your relationship to the world is a cornerstone of our conscious evolution.

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give — Winston Churchill

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Wishing you a life of service,

F.