It happened quietly. Subtly. Unconsciously.
Living a life where our everyday choices; from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the products we buy, was harmful to other beings, the planet and to ourselves.
Not obvious harm, initially. And not intentional, either. Surely if we were aware of the harm we were doing then of course we wouldn’t do it anymore? If you hurt someone’s feelings, or cause pain for someone and they tell you, most of us would apologize and correct the behaviour.
So how was it that for our 30+ years of existence, could Chris and I be causing harm? We were good people. We are good people.
The problem was we didn’t know, or didn’t want to know, the negative consequences of some of the most simple, most taken-for-granted of our actions. Over a period of living a relatively comfortable, middle-class existence with moderate personal and professional success, we had become completely disconnected from our humanity. But more on our individual journeys later.
Now, I’m not saying we were monsters. Far from it, to be honest.
What I’m saying is, we lost touch with what’s real. Much of Western culture has, quite frankly. And that’s why we’re here now.
Over the last several years, we have undergone a process (and continue to undergo a process) of reconnecting with our individual essence and in so doing, becoming more compassionate towards others.
In simple terms, the word ‘seva’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘selfless service’ or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. As MindBodyGreen describes: “In ancient India, Seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community.” Philosophically, the practice of seva is said to be a path to self-realization.
We have been inspired by this notion of seva, which has (obviously) formed the foundation for the work that we are documenting through this blog, and the efforts we will be working towards in the future.
It is our belief and experience, that through a process of uncovering who we really are (our Self), we realize just how much division and separateness exists in day-to-day life. We then become inspired to find ways to live in alignment with the reality of our shared experience.
When our actions are guided by a knowing of our interconnectedness, we make choices to act in ways that brings us closer nature and to the beings and organisms that co-exist on this planet we all call home.
Think of it as a way of life. To live The Seva Life means to live in a way that honours the interconnectedness between ourselves and others; by connecting to our humanity and infusing our actions in the world with kindness and respect.
The Seva Life is a compassionate life.
But it is also a journey towards compassion.
As we began to relinquish the ego, rejecting the idea of separateness from others and the planet, we experienced expansion.
Once we started living The Seva Life, our lives became infused with meaning and value, lifting us up, spiritually and enhancing our interactions, socially. We are sharing our journey in the hope that it inspires and empowers others to live a life of compassion towards people, animals and the environment.
We’re all in this together so the question is: are you ready to live The Seva Life, too?
The world needs you.