Love is so much more than we even know. We have barely scratched the surface of how to live in love. Teilhard de Chardin says: “Love is the most powerful and still the most unknown energy of the world.”
In my email yesterday, I received this quote:
“Abiding in the self, you become the valentine for the whole world. Spirit is the valentine of matter, and matter is the valentine of the spirit. They are made for each other. They uphold each other. If you hold onto matter and do not respect the spirit, then matter is not pleased. If you honor the spirit, then you will care for the world. When you care for the world, it will take care of you.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Embodied beings that we are, we must honor ourselves and each other, and in doing so, honor the spirit of love that runs through and beyond our physical being. Deep love has nothing to do with romance, and everything to do with Peace.
A love that honors all of existence must be the same thing as peace. How can it not be? When we love deeply, we can allow the process of life ~ whatever it looks like. It doesn’t mean we have to like the bad bits as much as the good bits, but we can allow those bits, we can see the beauty, and watch how it all brings us around to gratitude and appreciation. Anything that is loved with purity, and allowed to be exactly as it is, changes in that acceptance. In the presence of love, we grow and expand, and in true love, we know peace.
Life – in all of its glorious expression, from joy to pain and back again – is all about Love. Here we are – you, me, this life. How deeply, I wonder, can we let ourselves love?
Today, on Valentine’s Day, try this simple practice ~
Look in the eyes of everyone you meet, and see your beloved.
Yes. I do acknowledge that simple does not necessarily mean easy. Still, can we see love in the eyes of everyone we meet? Can we be the love they need? And if we can…. how does that change us? Will it lead to peace? Are we willing to give it a shot? Personally, I think it is worth experimenting with….
Below is a lovely poem by Hafiz. Enjoy, and on this beautiful day, may you know deeply that you are loved. Peace, and Many Blessings ~
With That Moon Language, by Hafiz (as translated by Daniel Ladinsky)
Everyone you see, you say to them,
Of course you do not do this out loud;
Someone would call the cops.
Still though, think about this,
This great pull in us
Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying,
With that sweet moon
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to
“A universal love is not only psychologically possible: it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin
This post is part of a monthly contribution to the collective attention being placed on peace in the blog-o-sphere. Bloggers for Peace is the brainchild of Kozo at Everyday Gurus. Read about it here, and if you like, write your own post for peace. We’re all in this together – imagine the energy of many people across the world sharing their thoughts on peace, and bringing attention to the peace that is already here. Yup, Peace is Possible!
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