Love is all you need.
So sing The Beatles.
Love is not something that we fall into; it is a spiritual practice.
Love is an art.
Love is action.
Love requires mastery. We can get better at it over time.
We are instructed by the world's religions and wisdom traditions to love self, to love our neighbors, and to love God. Love is the foundation.
Sometimes loving is easy, and sometimes it's the hardest thing in the world to do.
I once had a seminary professor who said, "Some of you are going to be pissed off at who God lets into heaven."
That's how much God loves.
And we are challenged to love as greatly. Buddha said to revere our enemies as our parents. Jesus said to love our enemies.
What does that mean?
It means that what God creates, God loves, and loves unconditionally. It means that even though we feel it is our right to hate a person for his or her wrongful, "evil" actions, it is our duty to honor that person with love because the Divine that is within us also resides within that person. That person's deepest self is as much the image of God as ours is.
Buddha nature. Jesushood. God-Self. Divine Essence. It's all there inside of us. We are God's love letters to ourselves and to each other.
It's time to move beyond lip service and back up our convictions with the actions of love. What will you do to be a sign of love in the world?
|Love Park, Philadelphia, PA...a favorite place to relax|
when I worked in the city.
Think of someone in your life who gets on your last nerve. You know who it is...he or she may be impossible to please, constantly complains, or just exasperates you. Yeah, that one.
Now, instead of seeing this person as negative or impossible, hold him or her in the light, visualizing that person engulfed by Spirit's love and presence. Repeat the mantra: Love, love, love. Breathe in love, exhale prayer. Continue this loving act until you begin to see the divine within him or her. Give gratitude for this transformation.
Read the introduction of 31 Days of Spiritual Growth here, and find links to all posts in this series.