Joy in Service

February 24th, 2013 · 1 comment · permalink

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

Many years ago, when I lived in NYC, a friend drew up my astrological chart. I am, incidentally, an Aquarius, which is relevant only to those who place weight onto such things…

At any rate, he noted a placement in my chart that spoke to him of a life of service, with healing an operative part of that. At the time, I was 22 years old, had only practiced massage for a couple of years, and felt convinced that there was something degrading about a life “of service”. I recall thinking, distinctly, “This is nonsense, I am no servant. I must have a higher calling than to serve. Something lofty, something grand and important.”

12 years later, as I reflect on the winding path I’ve walked, I am able to see clearly that a life of service is the highest calling I could possibly have hoped for. To be entrusted with the care of my dear clients’ bodies, to be a confidante and a bringer of relief– I am filled with joy every day that I work to be able to do this for people. My heart is very full at the end of each day. In the dynamic of this exchange- my clients serve me as much as I serve them.

And so I ask you on this beautiful day- how are you serving yourself? How are you being served and serving those around you?

There is such a natural grace to giving. And through giving, receiving.

 

The Beauty of the Body

July 12th, 2012 · 0 comments · permalink

There is a humorous saying I’ve always liked: “If I’d known how long I was going to live, I’d have taken better care of my body!”

I would simply like to take a moment to reflect on how wonderful our bodies are. Our bodies are miraculously resilient, capable, and adaptable. Even more interesting to me–they are where we live. For our entire lives.

It is astonishing to me how much time and money people spend on their cars, homes, clothes and hobbies, while allowing their bodies to go largely neglected. I am sometimes reminded that many people live in chronic pain, to the extent that it becomes a normal state. This is so unneccesary. Even the most chronic injuries can find some relief in proactive work- acupuncture, massage, yoga, and many other forms of activity can release the body from chronic pain.

Today, while swimming with a friend at Barton Springs (his very first time!), he remarked that his chronic back pain had not bothered him in the past 3 weeks- ever since the first massage I gave him! This buoyed my spirit, knowing that a simple hour of therapeutic bodywork can unravel nagging aches and leave the body lighter. To be frank, it made my day. Furthermore, I immediately booked a massage for myself for this week.

It’s never too late to invest in yourself. More important, in my opinion, than all the trappings of the material world, is the core of it all- the body you live in, and how it FEELS to live in that body.

Take care of your miraculous body- you never know how long you might end up living in it!