I’ve come to a conclusion about myself, and it’s important I share it with you here today; it might help you recover from whatever pain you might be going through now or may go through in the future.
Though I’ve healed a great deal over the past few years, I still go in and out of dark periods. In a few weeks, I’ll be going through the exact process I go through to minimize their hit in a blog post here, but what I want to discuss today is one of the main reasons I get lost.
When I get distracted from my main purpose in life, my light dims. Things get hazy, I start feeling the heaviness of doubt and fear, I stutter when I speak and I question everything.
It only takes a moment of meditation to bring me back. It took me going to Spirit Junkies Masterclass to learn it, but I finally found my gateway back into connection.
When I feel disconnected, all I have to do is meditate on this: “How can I be of service today?”
It’s my true north, my direct route back to light and love, and research shows that it might be yours, too. I’ve mentioned it before, but let me reiterate it for the new Strongies here with us:
- Peer support helps to alleviate symptoms of depression [source]
- Altruism releases dopamine in the pleasure center of your brain. Studies show that when you give money to others, it produces the same response as filling up your own savings account! [source]
- Counselors and therapists are starting to prescribe volunteer work for people with depression because it gives us a stronger sense of purpose and meaning. This Denver charity was created on the foundation of helping people with their mental state through volunteer work!
One of the main reasons we fall into depression and/or anxiety (when it’s not simply chemical) is because we lack a sense of purpose and meaning. We start to think we’re worthless, that we don’t have a positive impact on the world. That we don’t matter.
When you place the focus outside of yourself by doing volunteer work, listening to a friend in need, or just going out of your way to be kind to someone else, you shift your mindset. You make a difference that is standing right there in front of you, usually thanking you for your actions.
Seeing that you are having an impact in the moment, and the plain-as-day positive results from your actions reinvigorates motivation, purpose and meaning. Often times, that’s enough to take one step higher back into light. Do it more than once, and you actively ascend from that darkness.
Even if you’re not depressed or anxious, you could probably afford a little more light in your life. In those moments of stress, loneliness, boredom or other low-frequency states of mind, you could be of service instead of wallowing in the foggy dimness.
I truly believe that being of service is the highest calling there is. To give you a taste, I’m going to invite you to a a challenge.
There’s only one rule, and it can’t get any simpler:
Every day for the next 7 days, go out of your way to be of service.
That’s the only rule, and there are endless options as to how you do that. You could try any of these to get started:
- Call a friend who’s going through a hard time right now.
- Volunteer an hour or two of your time for a charitable cause.
- Make some sandwiches at home and hand them out to people in need.
- Help the newbie settle in at work.
- Offer to do laundry, pick up groceries or be chauffeur for a day to your grandparents.
Those are all just ideas, but I invite you to choose services that really light you up from within. What makes you come alive? How do you want to feel, and what action creates that feeling inside you? That’s what you want to do.
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