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VICTORIA WAITS

“Yoga brings you into the present moment.  The only place where life exists.”

  • Victoria Waits

Mantra Monday


Being selfless starts with seeing beyond your personal concerns. If you’re constantly consumed by your own problems you won’t have time or energy to act selflessly. Having a greater awareness of the world is the first step to becoming more selfless.

Listen when other people are talking. Don’t let your mind wander when someone is confiding in you about his or her troubles, or telling you an exciting story. Read, watch, or listen to the news. Be aware of major world events as well what is going on around you.

If you understand how someone else feels, you’ll be more likely to feel empathy for that person. Try to put yourself in the other person’s situation. If you were the one experiencing the problem, how would you feel? How would you want to be treated?

Selfless people don’t act with kindness and generosity because they expect to be rewarded. They do it because it’s the right thing to do, and because it feels good to help other people when you’re able to.

For example, donating something anonymously is a good way to practice being generous – without expecting anything in return.

Do you know the feeling of making someone else happy? If you take pleasure in other people’s happiness, you’ll be more likely to find extra ways to be selfless.

Putting other people’s needs before your own is often extremely difficult when you have your own needs to attend to. That’s why having selfless role models can be a great encouragement.

Think of a person whom you would describe as “selfless” – anyone who acts for the benefit of others. What selfless actions has he or she taken?

What impact did the actions have? When your trying to make a selfless choice, ask yourself what would that person have done?

Even something as seemingly insignificant as taking the last slice of cake and leaving none for others, defines a certain way of thinking.

Avoid the temptation to cheat, steal, or act deceitfully, even if you’re certain you won’t get caught.

Do you get impatient when you have to wait in line? Remember that every other person in the line has a life just as valuable as yours. Their time is as precious to them as yours is to you. Keeping this in mind when impatience threatens to get the better of you.

Try not to hold a grudge. The selfless person sees the situation from the other person’s point of view. Better to foster peace, love and forgiveness than spitefulness and hate. Forgiving someone who you feel has wronged you can be incredibly difficult, but it’s also a great demonstration of selflessness.

When you volunteer your time and skills, all you get in return is the rewarding sense that you’ve played a part in helping another human being. There are numerous ways to volunteer, so identify a need and determine how you can contribute.

When you volunteer your time and skills, all you get in return is the rewarding sense that you’ve played a part in helping another human being. There are numerous ways to volunteer, so identify a need and determine how you can contribute.

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