When you are moved by something it seems to be a natural reaction to want to get closer. If it is a hobby or activity that you do with a community you tend to want to be around those people and participate in the activity more often. Soon you realize that you have taken everything you can from this source and your desire to get involved has to shift somehow. This is what happened to me at The Yoga Seed and this is why I began to volunteer. All of the goodness and benefit I was experiencing from practicing yoga in this community could now grow and expand in a new direction because of me giving back in the form of my time. Whats more is that when I did this, the goodness kept coming my way. Volunteering has been proven to benefit the giver as well as the receiver. This quote I found during my research sums it up nicely http://createthegood.org/articles/volunteeringhealth
“Decrease your risk of depression. Volunteering with and for others increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common commitment and interests—both of which have been shown to decrease depression…Enjoy a sense of purpose and fulfillment—and increase your self-confidence while you’re at it!”
Stay physically and mentally active. A study released by Johns Hopkins University in 2009 revealed that volunteers actually increased their brain functioning.” Whatever your passion may be, there is more to be experienced than simply going to participate and receive. Giving back will ensure that the community you have gained so much from will continue to be there for others, it will allow you to be involved in a new and invigorating way and it could make you feel even healthier and more whole.