The Greeks had four words for love and a few years ago I thought how amazing it would be to incorporate them into living in a more awakened way.
I decided I wanted to love every moment…well as many moments as possible. I wanted to be filled with a heart felt woosh of love unexpected in my day; to love the mundane, the extraordinary, the strange. I wanted to practice having more lovely thoughts and feelings than I had yesterday, to immerse myself in lovely ideas, to feast on the lovely and then to watch the impact that dwelling on and in love had on my life.
I desired to see every moment as one of loving perfection. And I wanted to believe more than six impossible things before breakfast. I never ask for much really.[success] Fear and love can never be experienced at the same time. It is always our choice as to which of these emotions we want. ~ Gerald Jampolsky[/success]
What would 10% more lovely thoughts and feelings translate into? Would your life change, would you be someone entirely different? Could we do it? Hmm…all good questions.
I discovered something I truly didn’t expect, as I tuned into living in an awareness of love, I received unexpected gifts. Fun and joy and laughter became a greater part of my life and I understood that as I chose love and happiness moment by moment I was harvesting more wonderful moments to revel in.
Instead of looking for a lifetime of happiness and fulfillment, I was seeking just a moment of loving some incident, some beauty that paraded before me, provided by the bounty of nature. They were just tiny steps, tiny moments that created an energy and vitality within.
Seeking lifetime anything, be it happiness, love, spiritual growth…anything, can be daunting. Lifetimes are a long blooming time and it isn’t hard to feel discouraged or overwhelmed or saddened by that burning desire to move life along in that unquenchable pursuit of happiness.
Maybe happiness needn’t be a pursuit. Maybe happiness and love could be experienced as an unfolding awareness.
Within each beautiful solitary moment we have our chance, an opportunity to not only choose love, but to move into the uplifting energy that our choice automatically gives us. I’d never thought of love or fun or laughter as energy sources and yet here they were, and there I was, more energized and filled with the vitality of life as never before.
A new relationship between the outer you and the inner depth of you can be experienced in a joyous and heartfelt moment.
Take a deep contented breath and actively begin to seek love in your every day moments, or look for fun, joy or laughter and if you turn it into a daily practice you’ll be amazed at all the things you missed before. How could you miss them? They were in front of you all the time…but without the awareness within…we miss the opportunity to gather the most wonderful experiences, those ideal and simply perfect moments that go to make up not only our days but our life.
These energy filled moments of love, of joy of laughter are perfect, ideal moments because they need nothing other than you and your conscious awareness. They are complete and whole in and of themselves.
You become an energy worker in the real sense of the word, you are dancing with the energy of nature, of God of the Universe.[success] If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross[/success]
It’s hardly surprising that these moments fill us with energy, we are all part of divine consciousness and we’re intended to be successful and happy and yes, filled with love and joy. Nature will nurture and comfort us, and energize us if we allow it, if we choose it.
While it’s impossible for us to see other than what have in our consciousness, since nothing exists for us except through our conscious awareness of it, as we become more conscious of love in our every moment, that reflection becomes our life, quietly and effortlessly.[success] We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love. ~ Mother Teresa[/success]
Encourage one another.
12 thoughts on “The Practice Of Love”
I love this. I am so energized by the possibility that we are MEANT to live in love and joy. This feels so utterly right.
Hi CJ how lovely that you resonate with living in love and joy…it’s the centre of who you are. 🙂
Love is connectedness and understanding, or at least an attempt at understanding -without pretense. There is love in pain even, seeing truth, seeing things as they are. Love can lead to understanding and understanding to love.
Thanks Dan for sharing our thoughts on love. Needless to say, they are lovely…another thing to add to the focus on love today! 🙂
Amazing . . . absolutely superb!
What a wonderful gift your article is!
I am infused with LOVE !!!
Write on, Elle !
Why thank you Joseph. I’m happy you’re infused with love…it’s a wonderful place to be. 🙂
Elle, you had me at the title! Well done! 🙂
Thanks Victor – so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Welcome Sandy and thank you for joining the conversation. 🙂
Elle, I just loved this! That sounds so trite, doesn’t it?? But recently I have noticed that after a while of telling myself I would “look” for the opportunities for joy in the moment, and fun little experiences, they started rolling on it and it has made life so much more joyous. It could just be running into a friend for a moment or help for my son or a birthday party invitation…but when they come in all of the time, it just makes everything else so much better.
Elle- This post – like all of yours – is inspired. Thank you.