This is my last post for 2015. As this rocky-road of a year reaches its completion, here is what I would like to share:
The opportunity of challenging times is that they force us remember what is most essential. And that is love. It’s what gives meaning to everything else, the 1 before the 000’s. It’s all that will matter in the end.
Here is a teaching that, for me, captures the essence of love and offers a concrete, effective practice to experience it.
Do you know what it means to love, to feel your heart filled with such joy and gratitude that you cannot contain it, and it has to bubble over and out to all those souls around you? It is a glorious feeling of wellbeing and of being at one with all life. All fear, all hatred, jealousy, envy and greed disappear when love is there, for there is no place for those negative, destructive forces in the presence of love. When your heart is cold and you feel no love, do not despair, but look around and feel something you can love. It may be some very small thing, but that small spark can ignite your whole being until love is aflame in you. Only a small key can unlock a heavy door. Love is the key to every closed door. Learn to use it until all doors have been opened. Start right where you are. Open your eyes, open your heart, see a need and answer it.
May the spark of pure love arise in you anew this holiday season.
Thank you for reading and see you in the new year!