Svaroopa® Yoga has given me so much. It has cured my lower back pain, given me walking lessons, taught me how to breathe, slowed down my busy mind, given me inner peace and calm and so So SO much more. Out of deep gratitude, I try to “pay my debt” and give back for what I have received. I offer seva and donations to the organizations that make this yoga available to me. But I have come to realize that it is a loosing battle – I will never pay off my debt.
First, how can I ever repay for the endless priceless gifts of Svaroopa® Yoga? Second, giving back in the form of seva and donations just gives me more of the fruits of Svaroopa® Yoga. The tag line should be “Giving and giving back, and giving and giving back, and giving and…”
I had a sweet and profound experience of this relationship between the giving and the giving back at the Ashram’s Diwali program last weekend. Swamiji was explaining how traditionally people offer a financial gift to Lakshmi on this celebration. So I thought it would be nice to give a small $5 donation. And then the fear came up! Could I really afford this gift? I am in between jobs right now and don’t know when I’ll find my next reliable source of income. While it was only $5 my mind was afraid of letting go of this precious and limited resource.
Then something in me shifted and I decided that giving this donation was more important than anything else I could spend $5 on. I knew where my priority was. I wanted to give back to the source that has given me so much. And as I decided to give the donation, a layer of crusty fear around my heart melted and my heart opened up both physically and energetically. My mind became quiet and my heart overflowed with gratitude. All of this from a $5 donation. Amazing! And here again I found myself giving back, while the act of giving back was giving me even more!
The relationship of giving and giving back is beautiful and sweet. My experience is that we can only gain from it! So please join me in making a donation as a token of appreciation for all that Svaroopa® Yoga has given us and for all that it will give us.
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