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“The most telling and profound way of describing the evolution of the universe would undoubtedly be to trace the evolution of love.” Teilhard de Chardin
Working at being loving is no doubt the most difficult but rewarding task of my life. Suffering has most certainly been the major catalyst for introspection and how I first came to see the need to love and forgive myself so I could then forgive and love the other. It remains an evolving challenge.
Krista Tippett’s On Being discussion with Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman –Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering, shines light on some steps toward becoming more loving.
--Accept life is complicated, relationships are complicated; have fierce compassion first for our self. Self compassion gets us unstuck so we can then have compassion for the other.
- --Love is the life force that overcomes weakness and hatred. We need discipline to look for the good in others, especially our enemies. Find one good thing in the other.
- --Our actions send energy into the world. Be aware of our feelings and be mindful before acting.
- --Love is not timid. Forceful disapproval can be tough love.
- --Change is a constant, both in what’s good and what causes suffering. Ask what went wrong, what went right?
I am grateful to Salzberg and Thurman for shining light on how we recreate one another through suffering and love. It is the reason for this holiday season and our ultimate goal in life.
What if we reflected more often on how to better be love in the world?