This week I’m at the Omega Institute in New York for the 1st annual Yoga Service Council Conference — an event that brings together individuals and organizations from around the nation that are using yoga and mindfulness practices to serve in-need communities. I’ve spent the day listening to leaders talk about the work they do in prisons, juvenile detention centers, hospitals and more… and boy, I’m feeling inspired. I’ll have interviews and reflections from the conference coming later this week.
In the mean time, I wanted to share a few inspirational words from leaders past… men and women who, in my mind, embodied what true service really means through their life’s work. Because really, in the end, it’s not our words that have an impact… it’s the deeds, the actions that ripple out from our intentions.
Here are a few quotes abou service that have been on my mind today. If you have favorites, I would love for you to share them in the comments section below.
“The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.” ~ Laurence Leamer
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr
“There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.” ~ Andrew Carnegie