Exploring the nature of empowered compassionate service, Spring Washam shares inspirational stories of selflessness and interconnection.
What does it mean to take an open heart into the world? Spring Washam takes a clear and insightful look into how we can meet each moment with an openhearted joy of compassionate service. Sharing a handful of stories from inspirational beings that represent the discernible truths of interconnectedness and interdependence, Spring elucidates how we can more fully offer our compassionate heart to the world.
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How Can I Help?
Examining compassionate service, Spring describes the heart-opening process that inevitably happens to individuals on spiritual retreats. Sharing retreat experiences from her own life, she recounts incidents where she uncovered that she wasn’t simply at these retreats for herself, but as an offering to other beings in her life. Remembering the simple question that arose in her mind, “How can I help?,” she details stories of the Buddha to illustrate the metamorphic power of selfless service.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that only has.” – Margaret Meade
Investigate selfless service with Ram Dass, as he answers the question, “How can I help?,” on Ep. 65 of Here & Now
Empowered Service & Interconnectedness (8:28)
What does it mean to be of service in the world? What does it mean to see that we have something to contribute? When we get caught up in ‘what we’re not,’ we end up missing all the beauty qualities, not just in ourselves, but in the entire world around us. When we focus on what’s wrong, we miss the flowers, we miss another beauty that is shining through – our true nature. From this realization of beautiful interconnectedness, selfless motivation for service arises.
“This idea of interconnectedness is what motivates the healing, it’s what motivates us to serve in the world for the benefit of others, seeing ourselves in the other. I see myself in you, so of course I want you to be well. I see myself in the planet, of course I want the planet to the healthy. – Spring Washam
“It’s my duty to remind you of your beauty.” – Spring Washam
Uncover the truth of interconnectedness and the balance between selfless service and self care, on Ep. 38 of The Road Home
Stories of Inspiration (24:24)
After carefully outlining the themes of compassionate service and interconnectedness, Spring shares accounts and stories of inspirational beings from her life. These tales of Maha Ghosananda, Muhammad Yunus, Malala Yousafzai, and Wangari Maathai offer exemplified, personified solutions and epiphanies for falling into a deep, loving flow of service and interconnection with the world.
“Dr. King used to say, ‘Injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere,’ and so, as part of our own awakening, we want to heal the parts that are sick. If there’s a suffering part of the world, we feel it…If I heal you, I heal myself.” – Spring Washam
For another dharma story outlining the intersection of inspiration and wisdom, tune into Ep. 83 of Heart Wisdom