“Seva is an attitude as much as it is an action. Seva, defined as selfless service, is when you approach the world around you from the perspective of “what can I do to uplift these people, this place.” Then, going to the grocery store is not about restocking your pantry but an opportunity to connect to people in your community (…)” —3HO Foundation
I love the idea that the potential for seva, or selfless service, exists in every daily action and interaction. You are practicing seva each time you wish a stranger “À vos souhaits!” after a sneeze, or (dare to) smile at a dour caissière at Franprix. That feeling of well-being that floods your awareness after a yoga class ripples beyond you in concentric circles, reflecting your quotidian exchanges and washing them onto distant shores. The very act of living with mindfulness suffuses your surroundings with peace and that, too, is an act of seva. Part of what makes yoga so life-changing is that it doesn’t just change you—it turns you into an agent of change.