In the Christian tradition, this week marks Holy Week. The week starts with Palm Sunday, leads to Good Friday and culminates in Easter Sunday.
On the Thursday of Holy Week, some churches hold a special ritual called The Washing of the Feet. This recalls the time when Jesus washed the feet of each of his twelve apostles, right before the Last Supper. In the ritual, someone of religious authority (for example, a minister or a priest) washes the feet of twelve everyday people.
Yesterday, Pope Francis washed the feet of twelve inmates at a maximum security prison.
The idea behind the ritual is the remembrance that every one of us can be of service, even the seemingly most “high.”
It also teaches us that at any moment, we can choose to be kind and help one another.
It can be easy to spot moments of kindness and service. Someone is hungry on the street and you offer some food. A person is lost and you give them directions. A friend is hurting and you provide some comfort.
Being of service can extend beyond these moments and can show up in your work in the world.
Many of my clients that I work with come to me because they feel the calling to do work that’s more meaningful and purposeful. Sometimes they know what that work is, and sometimes they don’t.
What I help many of my clients to do is to tap into what brings them joy, and what makes them feel alive. And in almost all cases, what they are inspired to do turns out to be a greater calling to serve others.
Your life’s work, and how you show up each moment in life, can be an ongoing practice of being of service.
For your coaching assignment for this week, here are two tasks I’d like to offer you:
And here’s a bonus assignment, if you’d like some gold stars: Think of one way you can be kind to you, and do that.
You are as important as others!
What the Washing of the Feet ritual teaches us is that no matter where you are in your life, you can metaphorically “wash the feet” of others at any moment, simply by being kind and seeing your life's work as a vehicle of service.
As His Holiness the Dalai Lama reminds us, “Practice kindness whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Abundant Blessings, and Happy Easter!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about today’s post, and what ways you are contemplating kindness and being of service. Please leave a comment below.
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Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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