Published on May 20th, 2015 | by Judith Orloff0
The Power of Random Acts of Kindness
By Judith Orloff MD—
As a psychiatrist, my job is to help people heal emotional blocks and create abundance in every area of their lives. That’s why in my book Positive Energy, I describe how generosity is a key element of emotional health and abundance. Generosity accelerates the free flow everything positive in your life. Of course, when it comes to finances, a good job, smart investments, and saving wisely are important. But beyond these essentials, the secret is to be generous, whatever your net worth.
Abundance can never be just about YOU. For better or worse, we’re in this time-space adventure together.
Wedded to generosity is the concept of service—a giving of yourself to better the lives of others, your community, the world. It’s an attitude and an energy which perpetuates abundance. Good deeds, volunteering, sending email-petitions to friends about preserving the environment are ways to get out of your small self and spread positive energy around. Plus, it can return you to your heart again and reverse negative thinking. I’m not prescribing service as simply something you’re “supposed” to do, nor is it drudgery. Rather, it’s about intuiting what you’re moved towards; then giving good feelings. Also understand that we’re energetically connected to all humankind; service is a bow we take to each other. Abundance can never be just about YOU. For better or worse, we’re in this time-space adventure together. Abundance necessitates acknowledging that our collective well-being is inextricably bound.
Experiencing such high-level abundance, may require a re-defining of who you are and why you’re here. Our world is in crisis. No one is exempt from feeling the social, economic, and environmental repercussions. It’s vital to raise our personal energy. And
We are not without influence. Thus, day in, day out, we must wage a revolution of love, whether in the nitty-gritty of the mundane or globally. If the concept of service is new to you, don’t force your involvement. Explore opportunities that feel natural.
Make Changes Now: How to Find a Form of Service That Moves You from Positive Energy
The basis of service is opening your heart to lighten someone’s load or improve a situation. How we prefer to give varies. To determine what appeals, listen to your intuition, try new things. Don’t think you have to be a Mother Theresa. In your life, start with random acts of kindness, a springboard to other outlets. Do at least one good deed a day. It could be carrying groceries for a neighbor, picking up trash on the street, or putting coins in someone’s expired parking meter. Feel the energy rush from that. Then consider expanding your repertoire. For example, investigate charities for adults or children, animal rescue, or groups that support peace. All service is valuable. See where your interests lie. Feel what moves you, even a little. Then follow it. Try donating an hour a month to this cause, either from home or in person, whatever’s convenient. Any gift of time is a treasure.
For some of us, service is a choice. But it can be thrust upon others, as it was for my friend Hafsat Abiola. At twenty seven, she’s a Harvard graduate and Nigerian human rights activist whose ongoing work is empowering women. Hafsat’s father, one of Nigeria’s first democratic presidents, was imprisoned by the ruling elite, and “suspiciously” died on the eve of his release. Soon after, Hafsat’s mother, also an activist, was assassinated. Despite unfathomable sorrow, Hafsat tells of her life’s abundance:
“Suddenly my parents were gone. They were prepared for whatever sacrifice democracy required, but the loss was overwhelming. I’ll always feel the abundance of love they’d given me. I believe abundance is staying in close contact with gratitude, appreciating each day’s fullness. Our country is financially poor, but in terms of our people’s wisdom, grace, and decency we’re wealthy. Emerging from over thirty years of dictatorship, more than ever I see how abundance requires giving back. Service is the rent we pay for being in the world, a generosity that honors all people on this planet. To be grand means to give. Spiritually, I feel small and ugly if I’m not generous. Also, abundance involves forgiving, allowing our hearts to get broken, then open again. Forgiveness means letting go of baggage, your grudges and fears. If you don’t leave these bags behind, you’ll miss the bus. Abundance feels like beautiful, clear water flowing through my soul. It sweeps the dirt away, makes me deeply thankful for all my blessings.
As one family, hearts joined, let’s keep saying a prayer for the world:
May our people and planet be healthy.
May our people and planet be happy.
May suffering be lifted.
May we know enduring peace.
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Judith Orloff MD is the author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life upon which this article is based. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today. Dr. Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine. An Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, she passionately believes that the future of medicine involves integrating all this wisdom to achieve emotional freedom & total wellness. For more inspiration visit www.drjudithorloff.com.
(Adapted from Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life)
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