In Wellspring, we feel that service is very important. You may wonder why we feel that way. There are two core beliefs that I feel pertain to this. One is that we are all part of the same world and we are all interconnected. One of the common ideas that you often see demonstrated in different rituals is that we are the weavers, we are the web. When something affects one strand on the web of life, the ripples can be felt through all of the web. You can find this in several of our songs and chants too. We are the weavers is one. Fur and Feather is another..
Fur and Feather
Fur and feather and scale and skin,
Different without but the same within,
Many of body but one of soul,
Through all creatures are the gods made whole.
Words and music by Sable
The second core belief is the one of reciprocity. Like attracts like. What goes around comes around. The Golden Rule. Karma. The threefold law. If we turn a blind eye to those in need, then what will happen to us when we are in need? And we'll all be in need at some point.
We know that people have different abilities to give back to the community. Some have time. Some have money. Some have both. Some have neither. The important thing though is to find that way that works for you. As you may have seen in other posts, Wellspring bakes cookies for the holiday baskets for The Aliveness Project. Miel used to do massage therapy there for quite a while.
I am all about the dogs. On Sunday, I did another transport run and helped to bring up 8 dogs from a kill shelter in AR to rescues in MN. I got to tote 4 lovely pups from IA to MN. I wasn't able to help on a different Saturday run from MO to MN but I did have a few extra bucks to send to one lady who was driving 12 hours to save those lives. I had some time. I has some money.
I also send money to the Hennepin County Libraries, Minnesota Public Radio, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television. Each year at the holidays, we do a donation to disabled veterans. We've also done a few holiday donations to World Wildlife Fund and Heifer International. The regular charities are just $10 a month.
What if you don't have time or money? Lots of us order through Amazon.com. Did you know they have a special program at Smile.Amazon.com. You can go in there and select one of the highlighted charities or you can do a search for one that is meaningful specifically to you. I also click every day on the Greater Good site for animals, literacy, mammograms, autism, veterans... There are several! And there is probably an app for that... I just found and downloaded Walk for a Dog. You walk. It tracks your walk just like MapMyWalk would do for you. Then is sends money based on mileage to the animal rescue you chose. You get healthier. The rescue gets more funds.
Remember though, service doesn't have to be through an established charity. Maybe you know a new mom who could use a few prepared meals or a few hours of free time to shower, do some laundry and wash dishes. Maybe you know a couple who could use a date night and you can watch their kids. Maybe a friend is in the hospital and you can go clean their house for them.
Service comes in so many forms. As we uplift others, we uplift ourselves. We create the rising tide.
I encourage you to find something close to your heart and then find a way to give.
All the best,