Love is the Answer
Everything you are looking for in life can be found through love. Our culture tells us that love is about finding someone outside of ourselves to “complete us”, but that is merely an illusion. Love is the essence of all things and available to you in every precious moment. You need only to awaken to the love within your own heart to find all that you desire.
“Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it” ~Rumi, thirteenth century Sufi poet
It’s been said that we cannot truly love another, until we authentically love ourselves, yet how do we do that in a culture that tells us that who we are is not good enough? We’ve been brainwashed to think that we are innately flawed and unworthy. We’ve come to believe that all of who we are is unacceptable so often hide parts of ourselves in secret shame, hoping that we can hide that also from others. We create a split within our being of what we deem acceptable and what is unlovable.What we don’t realize is that love that is our very essence and we have a divine nature. There is inherent beauty in our humanity and love is a compassionate force that we can use to accept and embrace all of who we are.
“You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection” ~Buddha
What then is the path to happiness? Looking around at the world today, we might think it’s about the accumulation of great wealth, power or fame. We buy into a common fantasy that we will find happiness once everything is “perfect.” Sadly, nothing could be farther from the truth. Many things can bring a certain amount of pleasure and even temporary happiness, but ultimately we are left with a craving for something deeper and more lasting.
“Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life” ~Leo Buscaglia
Our soul innately knows and longs for another kind of love but we don’t know where to find it. Many people will leave their partners for yet another exciting thrill of getting caught up in meeting a new person only to feel even more alone once the shine wears off. No one person can ever give you the love you seek, if you are not connected to the Source of all love that can be found within.This thirst for fulfillment can only be quenched by a different kind of love… a spiritual love.
“My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another” ~Shakti Gawain
You don’t have to practice a particular religion or even believe in God to know real love. If you do know God or practice some form of spirituality, you can become even more intimate with this great Source. By the same token, you can go to church and think yourself very pious, but without love, it’s meaningless.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” ~1 Corinthians 13:2
You Are Worthy of Great Love
Love is your birthright and available to anyone who seeks it. Once connected to the love that is generated from within, you may find illumination in your spiritual practice or even desire to discover a new one. Love has the power to transform your entire life into a fulfilling journey with gifts of inner peace and lasting joy.
When we wake up to the truth of who we are, we experience love as always present, right here, right now, connected to Spirit and originating within our own hearts. We realize that this is our birthright and sacred treasure. This spiritual love can miraculously transform every aspect of our lives.We can practice purification of our hearts through our consciousness and in awakening mindfulness in our daily lives. Relationships can be healed through forgiveness, past trauma can be overcome and we can enter into a new relationship with ourselves, those around us and the Source of all.
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” ~Matthew 5:8
Dwell in Divine Love
Our body is a reflection of our life’s experience. Without a vibrant flow of love in your life force or chi, you may begin to experience premature signs of aging, illness or disease. When we live in the habit of getting caught up in upsets about things we cannot control,it shows up as stress. This preoccupation with forcing life to conform to our ideas, rather than connecting with it’s natural flow can be very disruptive to our being and eclipse the light of love that is always available within us. Did you know that our natural state is joy?
“Your job is to have no attachment to the appearance of disharmony but to hold to the love within all things”~ The Gabriel Messages by Shanta Gabriel
Love is an experience of presence, allowing your heart to feel itself in connection with the Divine through life itself. To practice the art of this kind of love requires an openness and a willing heart. It asks you to humbly connect with your authentic self. Getting in touch with our authentic selves can be a lifelong journey, but the most beautiful one of all.Embracing our wholeness, in both light and shadow is an act of compassion and understanding.
“ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ~1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Divine love is different from worldly love. It’s extraordinary because it’s eternal. It doesn’t make sense to the logical mind because it’s beyond logic.With conscious intention you can breathe this loving energy and allow it to flow through your body, filling your entire being. This powerful force brings with it, great comfort, wisdom and healing.
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Your Body is Your Temple
Do you truly love your body? Do you treat it with the respect and appreciation for the Divine being that dwells within… you? Who you are today is the result of the choices you have consistently made every day that has led up to now. Cultivating a beautiful heart, mind and body are our responsibility and sacred gift. You were given all that you need to create the life you were meant to live.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Have you ever thought about true beauty? When love radiates from your heart, your physical appearance changes. Your heart opens and a gentle tenderness emerges. A new strength comes through as you relinquish your need to cling to the past and try to control the future. There is great freedom in living fully in the present moment. You attract others magnetically because they perceive this Divine love that flows through you and want to feel connected. Your world becomes illuminated and every precious moment becomes a gift.
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity”
Your body can become your temple and a channel for ecstatic bliss, true inner peace, authentic joy, gratitude, and serenity. It can set you free from guilt and shame and allow you to find self acceptance and wholeness.