Volunteer work and collaborating with others is a meaningful way of sharing your skills with others, and thus you are contributing to the further development of yourself, others and the organisation. A life of meaning arises from letting go of our burdensome desires for acquisition, achievement and performance. More than just about one's internal reality, the act of giving itself is of immeasurable benefit to the giver. It opens up the heart, diminishes (even if for a moment) one's self-absorption, and places value on the wellbeing of others. The simplest gesture of offering a flower, or a few hours of service, a kind thought, or a simple meal, is in fact, a sincere form of spiritual practice for a lay person. Love and compassion flow outwards and inwards at exactly at the same time. Regardless of the size or value of the gift, the act of giving itself generates a thought moment devoid of greed and full of loving kindness. This is spirituality in action. There is no shortage of projects that need to be realised.
As a sangha (community) we reach within to embrace humanity, cook and care for each other, sit (for meditation), eat and study together, enjoy outdoor adventures and usually work as teams. Sound physical and mental health is a basic requirement for the volunteer program. In order to maintain the quality at the centre, we accept only volunteers with serious commitment - to support an organisation they love. Come up with your way to contribute. Those volunteers who do not follow the values and guidelines at the Centre and who do not meditate seriously will unfortunately be asked to leave.
- Eknath Easwaran
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
- The ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.
- High ethical standards in business and professions and the the worthiness of all useful occupations.
- The dignifying of each member's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
- The application of the ideal of service in each member's personal, business and community life.
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional members united in the ideal of service.
Recognising that an integrated spiritul life rests upon our mindful and caring relationship to the life around us, and without the support of monastic vows and traditional customs, we have a need for clear laypeople guidelines. In keeping with this understanding, and for the long-term benefit of ourselves and the community at large, all teachers, staff, members and volunteers agree to uphold values of integrity, dignity, responsibility, respect, justice and care that underpin our community. Thus whilst we invite you to join, please understand that if you belong to this spiritual community, you will be expected to contribute to the ripples and resonances of goodness and sincerity in our organisation, and to hold to a higher ethical standard than the public at large, and higher than other community leaders.
VOLUNTEERING AT OUR SHANTI YOGA CENTRE, SOUTHPORT
Volunteering and kitchen sink dharma at Shanti Yoga Centre provides you the opportunity to practice karma yoga, selfless action. This forms the foundation of spiritual life. It is a great way to get involved, develop an authentic experience of non-attachment via the art of selfless giving, make a difference to your own wellbeing and benefit others. We can probably find an outlet for whatever your skill or knack. Email our volunteer coordinator with your thoughts about how you can plug in if you're interested in being listed for open, ongoing positions. We also always have stand alone projects that need assistance.
VOLUNTEERING AT NIRVANA WELLNESS SANCTUARY
- E. B. White
A holistic retreat at Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary will heal, renew and inspire you, with it's focus on providing you with new perspectives, strong connections, and a greater meaning of life. Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary has rich roots that combine Eastern mystical (Yoga, Ayurveda, Buddhist) practices together with spiritual awakening through nature. It encompasses:
- A rich environment that supports a retreat tradition, culture, and harmony
- Relaxation through guided and non-guided activity
- A historical past that leads to its current spiritual culture
- Within a serene, remote area for meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices
- Natural habitats and activity that connect you to the earth.
Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary volunteers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of projects, including (but not limited to) organic gardening, renewable energy projects, wood cutting, trail making, guiding, small building projects, healing arts, marketing, community relations, events management, assist with food preparation, set up for meals, tidy up and washing up in the kitchen, pantry, serving and dining areas, garden duties, accompany participants for nature walks and so on. We request that volunteers observe the yamas and niyamas, do their yoga and meditation practices everyday and help out wherever it is needed. If you desire to offer a special skill to the centre, please email us.
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We look forward to hearing from you!
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