I look at the world and feel the need for love. You know because you can feel it too. The news is full of human struggle, fear, grief and suffering. I am so glad the news doesn’t represent most of reality. There are also many wonderful and beautiful things happening but the networks feels that is not important enough to cover. Do you ever get the feeling that fear is the tone our government and the corporations want to set? Control and manipulation is easier when people are afraid. There is something that can be done to offset this negative slant and the culture of fear. You and I can live from our hearts. These time call for us all to have compassion and to open to love. Love is the opposite of fear.
Love means you are open, accepting, appreciative, kind, caring and understanding of yourself and others. Love is a practice of power because it means you walk the earth with a heart that is receptive and expansive. You are wise and understand that love is the clear solution to all problems that exist between humans.
With love as the guiding principle there is no need for war, for domination and control, for ego-driven greed. Love is receptive to a variety of viewpoints and opens your heart to appreciate differences. Love makes you want to listen with compassion and to seek common ground. Love frees you and I from this need to judge, to make everything and everybody either right or wrong, good or bad. This is very liberating and allows you and I just to be with others.
The compassionate heart can find solutions to anything.
How do you develop an ever-expanding heart? This practice of power takes courage and sometimes means going against the prevailing ways of fear and withdrawal. Here are several ways to expand you heart.
• Focus on caring and compassion in everything you do. Ask yourself am I doing this from a place of love?
• Practice radical acceptance of all differences and open to finding common ground. Walk the path of love with everyone.
• Find your own heart by appreciating who you are and what you have to give to the world. Love you as you are now.
• When in fear find something to love. Move from contraction to expansion, from being closed to open.
Over the next few days some specific ideas and practices will be explored so you can expand you heart. Start right now with this simple but informative experiment as you go through your day. Monitor your heart in every situation and see if it is open or closed, expanding or contracting. This will give you information about how and when you love and when you don’t. Do this without judging, see what you can learn without placing a good or bad label on it.
Your heart, your love, your compassion are powerful and very needed today. Together let’s create such a force for love that the world changes for the better.