When you expect nothing in return your life becomes meditation of service.
Whatever you do or offer to the other person will be free of any condition. They don’t need to follow you back or give something back because you did so.
And when you practice this you become free.
I am an avid reader of Taoism and it teaches me how to be invisible when I serve. I don’t need to put my name on the giving as a tag so that people will recognize how great I am, how kind I am. When I feel that part of me trying to seek recognition, I recognize it and step back from there.
Writing, helping someone, giving something away are all my ways to serve. not to persuade someone to replicate what I did for them.
Every service is self-service. We all are wearing different garments called ‘body’; if we look deep into the garment, we are all the same, as if an entire ocean is being split into a garment called body and we call ourselves different names.
Step back when you serve. Serve and silently move away. Don’t wait for someone to recognize your effort or generosity. You don’t need the tag. But the person you are serving needs your help.
If you look for any example, look at the Sun and its way of serving all of the beings on earth. It reminds me of a poem, written by Persian Mystic and Poet Hafiz –
Even after all this time
the sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me’.
Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights the whole world.
Put this philosophy in everything you do and you will realize that the true gaze of all accomplishment is inner peace and the ability to serve someone in need 🙂