Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Spiritual Practice: Love

Spread love everywhere you 

go. Let no one ever come to 

you without leaving better 

and happier. 

— Mother Teresa

The Practice of Love – Love of self, love of community, love of Divine – they are the foundation of our spiritual path. They pave the way.

Weave your life into a net of love
"To love is to be there for him, for her, and for them." Thich Nhat Hanh 

Practice: To practice love we must begin by recognizing that it is impossible to love others fully until you truly love yourself fully.

Fear is the shadow side of love. We can become afraid to love or worry we will never find love. We fear that we are not strong enough or the other person is not. We fear we are not lovable or that we will be hurt once more.

Practice: Whenever fear sets in about love - either giving it or receiving it, practice looking in a mirror and speaking "you are loved". Make it a habit.

When we stop seeing the world as a "problem" to be solved, when instead we open our hearts to the mystery of our common suffering, we may find ourselves where we least expected to be: in a world transformed by love. 
— Philip Simmons

Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of spiritual life — not learning how to develop psychic powers, not learning how to bow, chant, do yoga, or even meditate, but learning to love. Love is the truth. Love is the light. 
— Lama Surya Das

Let us make a pledge that, if not all day or all night long, at least for a few moments every day, we will make an effort to experience love, love that is free from selfishness, free from desire, free from expectation, love that is complete freedom.

— Swami Chidvilasananda 

Will you make this pledge?