The Work ItselfPosted: June 7, 2011
“There is always a choice about the way you do your work even if there is not a choice about the work itself.” –
– not sure where this came from, but I concur –
In my view of Householder Yoga, a householder is someone who , through their conscious intention to act wholeheartedly and as free of negative Karma as possible, would want to serve, and not be a servant. Here are some important distinctions between the two, as explained by Tara Wagner at The Organic Sister, which I’ve paraphrased here for my purposes:
The Servant; servitude out of obligations, duty or chore.
- little to no boundaries.
- has little to nothing to say in the demands made upon her.
- her needs aren’t important..as the person she serves.
- she is less than others.
Serving; a host, generous, acts out of Love, honored by the presence of those in her home.
- kind an patient.
- offers what others love most.
- creates an experience they will enjoy.
- she sees everyone, including herself (emphasis mine) as… equal in their own right.
In my opinion the path of a householder is in step with choosing to be a good host to the entities that we’ve been entrusted to nurture and love. We take care of ourselves in the same manner as our guests because we are as valuable as they are. Equality is a foundation.