Step 6: Learn true abstinence—it is in serving others with an attitude of loving-kindness that I create a flow of Living Waters which will purify my heart.
Walking the Red Road will start the flow of Living Waters.
A hungry little girl’s face lights up with a smile as we hand her a delicious hot meal—a plate filled with mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, cornbread dressing, corn, squash, cranberries, and a hot roll. Our heart swells with joy. We gave up preparing a dinner at home so we could be here at the shelter to give a bit of happiness to someone else. This is true abstinence—to abstain from self-indulgence so we can lovingly share with someone else.
An act of kindness done for another is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves. It unclogs our heart, thereby allowing for the flow of Living Waters—and flowing water purifies. And as the heart is purified, it fills with the comforting warmth of love and compassion. Oh for the secure comforting arms of mother, and the warmth of her love when we are feeling down or depressed. These comforting fruits of love and compassion are the fruits that bring joy to the ancestors.
It takes so little for us to share some good energy with another and with our environment. May we each have the opportunity to lighten the burden of someone less fortunate than ourselves--may we share the gift of Living Waters. May we face each new day praying that Creator will send someone our way—someone we may serve with humility and loving-kindness, that we may create a flow of Living Waters which will purify our hearts.
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