I’ve been wondering lately if it might be possible to find love and express love in everything I do.
I ask myself, is this what Yeshiwa (Jesus) and Buddha did? Is it what Mother Teresa, and Gandhi did? Does the Dalai Lama live this way?
When I ask myself this question, my first response is- no way!
No matter how spiritually connected I may feel at a given moment, I don’t think I could remain conscious enough to let love flow through me like this.
There are just too many triggers for me in life. I’m not even sure I could do this for thirty minutes straight. Could you? Could any but the most spiritually gifted among us?
So, I think to myself, maybe it would be a good idea to set my sights lower. Perhaps there might be a way to increase my awareness enough so that I could hold others gently in my heart and offer them some love, realizing that even if I couldn’t do it all the time, this would still be better.
But I suspect, even this would be very challenging, and this starts an inner dialogue. Part of me has already decided it is not possible to find or express love in every moment, so why try? This part of me is ready to let myself off the hook and I haven’t even begun.
Another part of me enters the conversation with this thought. If you only do the things that are easy, what will you ever accomplish in life. Are you not going to try? Are you that afraid of failure?
A third voice requests my attention. It’s quieter, but there is power in it. It asks me a simple question. What would it change for you if you could find and express love in all that you do?
I hear snickers in the background from the first two voices and then silence.
There is a peaceful momentary pause, giving me a chance to respond. Well, I thought, it could change everything for me.
I would be able to lighten up, to release my fears, to draw others into my world, to smile with ease, to open my heart, to give, to graciously receive, to hug with my whole being. A list flows out of me. A truly wonderful list. I can feel its presence and its power.
The first voice returns and speaks loudly, sure, this sounds very nice, but how do we get from (here) where we are to (there) where we want to be? Do we have to put on rose-colored glasses first?
The third voice takes no offense and offers soothing words and a question. Do you like treasure hunts?
We ask the third voice, where did that come from? It waits patiently until we answer.
Well, yes, we do.
Wonderful it responds. I want to share a secret with you. You knew it at one time, but have forgotten, so let me remind you.
One of the most beautiful things about this world is that we’ve hidden treasure everywhere. Every single experience you will encounter throughout your life has treasure in it. Some lie on the surface and are easy to spot. Others are buried deeply and may require you to dig to find them. But each one of them is worth pursuing. They may at first seem dusty, but each will sparkle and shine once you polish them.
How do we find them we asked?
You find them by opening your heart and expressing love. The more you do this, the greater the love you will experience. It’s up to you and what you choose. Choose wisely, my love.
All the voices quieted but one.
I want to try, it said.
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