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“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

Arthur Rubinstein


6 Ways to Infuse More Love into Your Life

The more I advance through life, and the more love I infuse into everything that I am, and everything that I do, the more I realize how important it is to see everything through eyes of love. Why? Because love is so delicious and it feels so good. And the more love you put into every thought you think, every word you speak and every single thing you do, the more love you will receive back, and the better your life will get.

Whether you have a partner or not, may this Valentine’s Day be a new beginning for you to generate, create and cause love in your life by being a source of love yourself.
1. Look for the deeper meaning of things

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”

~ Albert Einstein

Whenever things don’t go your way, and whenever life gives you more than you can handle, instead of blaming your circumstances and instead of adopting the victim mentality, take a few steps back, a few deep cleansing breaths, and then ask yourself these questions:

“Why is this happening to me?”

“What can I learn from these experiences?”

“How can I use this situation to my advantage?”

Don’t react with fear to what’s happening around you. Respond with love. Trust that everything is happening for you for your own growth, evolution and expansion. Trust that life will always give you “whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”

~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose:

Trust the wisdom of life. Look for the deeper meaning of things, and in time you will learn how to turn your wounds into wisdom, your difficulties into opportunities, and your fears into LOVE.
2. Get comfortable with “I love you”

It’s funny how many people think you need to take drugs, get drunk, smoke and inject all kind of weird things into your body in order for you to get high.

For me, that’s just silly. It’s silly because me personally, I discovered that all you have to do in order for you to feel really blissful, ecstatic and euphoric is to allow your heart to be wide open and then let the love your Soul has to offer to flow in and out of your life. That’s all. That’s all it takes. It’s that simple, yet that difficult.

“Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.”

~ Ram Das

You see, thoughts, words, they all have power, creative power. For one day, practice thinking ‘I Love You’ to everyone you meet and talk with and really put your heart into it. Think loving, feel loving and let your voice and behavior appear loving.

You will find that not only will you start feeling a lot of love and compassion for those around you, but you will also allow an abundance of love to flow through every cell of your body, making you feel all blissful, ecstatic and euphoric.

Why entertain all kind of repetitive, negative, toxic and self-defeating thoughts when you can choose to occupy your mind with love? Put your mind at work, and have it create feelings that make you feel blissful joyful and ecstatic. Use your mind to create love, not only for yourself, but also for those around you. Get comfortable with “I love you”, and “I love you” will get very comfortable with you.
3. Release the past and make room for LOVE
Isn’t it ironic how we use something as precious as the present moment to fill it in with past hurts? We think and talk about the past, we think and talk about the future but we rarely stop to pay attention to the present moment.

We don’t cling on to the past because we want to suffer but because we think that by holding on to it we will be happy. This is the irony.

We cling on to the past because the past gives us a sense of identity, it makes us who we are, or at least that’s what we think. Because we haven’t yet learned how to be present and engaged in our day to day lives, we continue to craft our lives from a place of limitations – the past, instead of doing it from a place of infinite choices and possibilities – the present moment.

A lot of people carry their past with them through resentment, blame, anger, fear, sadness, nostalgia and attachments of all kind. And what they don’t realize is that by clinging onto all of these things they are making their life journey a lot more difficult, and a lot harder; slowing themselves down and keeping themselves from living the life they were intended to live.

Give yourself permission to  work on forgiving those who might have hurt you in the past and make room in your mind, body and heart for love, peace and tranquility.

Work on accepting, embracing and forgiving it all, no matter how hard and impossible it might seem. Don’t cling on to the pain and what’s most important, don’t let your past define and limit you. Accept your past for what it was and accept your life for what it is now. Only by doing so will you have the power to change your present life situation.
4. Receive the whole world in your heart

I know we live in a world where people think they should give love only to those who love them and refrain their love from those who don’t love them.

But in the last year or so I finally understood that true love isn’t selective; that true love isn’t about loving only a few people and ignoring the majority, but rather about recognizing yourself in the world around you, in everything and everyone, and welcoming the whole world in your heart.

“Love is not selective, just as the light of the sun is not selective. It does not make one person special. It is not exclusive. Exclusivity is not the love of God but the “love” of ego. ”

~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

True Love is a lot like oxygen for your Soul. The more love you pour onto everything and everyone, the more oxygen your allow your Soul to take in, and the healthier, stronger and more powerful you and your Soul become. But by loving selectively, by giving love only to those who we perceived as being worthy of receiving love, we are denying ourselves the right to know, to feel and to experience the abundance of love that flows through us.

We are denying ourselves to really KNOW ourselves, and BE ourselves.
5. Ask more from Life, and less help from people

Up until this moment life taught me so many powerful and valuable lessons. And one of these lesson was to ask more from Life, and less from the people. Why? Because life is abundant in nature and it knows that it has no limits, but with people… that’s a different story.

Most people have no idea who they are and what their true potential really is. Their mind is full of error, and so are their actions and behaviors.

By expecting a certain person to help you in a certain way, can, and often times will, lead to disappointment. But asking Life for help, and then TRUSTING and BELIEVING that you will receive what you asked for, will lead to you being amazed by the many wonderful things you receive and the forms in which your wishes will be granted.
6. Forget the world and what you were told

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
Buddha

Forget the world and everything you were told. Create your own rules and follow your own inner compass. Build your life based on what feels right for you, and not based on what the world dictates.

Who cares what the trends are? Who cares what the “experts” tell you about what you should do or shouldn’t do? Just be yourself. Live life your own way. Unfold your own myth, create your own reality.

Do only the things that you feel in your core being and then you should do them. Honor yourself and all that you are, and by doing so, you will know how to live and love.

Thank you to: Luminata

http://www.purposefairy.com
(Highlights link to other articles by Luminata)

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“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me”

Matthew 25:43

This is a message to my dear Christian friends, and it is also a message to anyone who professes a religion or who has strong moral values. ALL religions have a Golden Rule. And the essence of all religion is love, but it has been sorely lost and maligned throughout the ages and most especially today when it has been hijacked by politicians for their own greed and misguided fortune.

As Pope Francis said,

“A person who thinks only of building walls whomever they may be and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.”

Pope John II, wrote dozens of times about migrants and refugees.

“Seek to help our brother and sister refugees in EVERY way, by providing a WELCOME. Show them an OPEN MIND and a WARM HEART.”

He continued, “It is necessary to guard against the rise of new forms of racism or xenophobic behavior, which attempt to make these brothers and sisters of ours scapegoats for what may be difficult local situations.

In the Church no one is a stranger, and the Church is not foreign to anyone, anywhere. As a sacrament of unity and thus a sign and a binding force for the whole human race, the Church is the place where illegal immigrants are also recognized and accepted as brothers and sisters.

It is the task of the various Dioceses to actively ensure that these people, who are obliged to live outside the safety net of civil society, may find a sense of brotherhood in the Christian community.

Solidarity means taking responsibility for those in trouble. For Christians, the migrant is not merely an individual to be respected in accordance with the norms established by law, but a person whose presence challenges them and whose needs become an obligation for their responsibility.

“What have you done to your brother?” (cf. Gn 4:9). The answer should not be limited to what is imposed by law, but should be made in the manner of solidarity.”

Other than Native Americans, all of us are descended from immigrants, we were aliens ourselves once. Listen to Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, he provides a litmus test for entrance into heaven. At the Last Judgment, he says to people,

“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.”

And people say, “When were you a stranger and we did not take care of you?’ And he said,

“Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

Jesus himself is speaking to you from the Gospels. It is Christ/God whom we turn away when we build walls. It is Christ/God whom we reject when we ban refugees. It is Christ/God whom we are killing, by letting them die in poverty and war rather than opening our doors.

St. John Paul II said, “Today, the illegal migrant comes before us like that ‘stranger’ in whom Jesus asks to be recognized. To welcome him and to show him solidarity is a duty of hospitality and fidelity to Christian identity itself.”

Most everyone agrees, we need to have borders maintained and we need to revamp our laws to support the well-being of all concerned, Americans and Mexicans. We all agree that we want our country to be safe from terrorism, but to ban a group of people based solely on where they are from and what they believe, is manifestly unchristian as well as contrary to American values.

As is written on the Statue of Liberty, our beacon of freedom,

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Ema Lazarus

So, reject these measures to deport 11 million people and reject the most recent ban on Muslims and welcome Christ. Call your local legislators, write to the White House, show up at town hall meetings and advocate for your Christian values. Pray for your brothers and sisters who are refugees and migrants. The parable of the Good Samaritan says to help a stranger, even if it involves some risk, “Because if you do not, and you reject Christ, then it is their prayers that you will need.”

Excerpts taken from Fr. James Martin, S.J.; American Jesuit Review

Please share this with your Christian friends and others. Dialog together. We all have differing opinions about many things, but we must be dedicated to seek common ground, and identify common values.

Now more than ever, as good people, we must not allow fear and hatred to continue to divide us as a nation as it has been. It is unchristian.

Now more than ever, we must not allow political agendas and self-serving politicians to divide and conquer us all. Now more than ever, we need to stand together . . . for divided we fall.

 

“Anyone who does not love does not know God. For God is love.”

1 John 4:16

WWJD

 Thank you to my good friend, Bojanna 
for her thoughtful contribution.

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