Love to Love
Dear Blessed One,
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Where there is love there is life.” So simple a statement one can miss the true depth of it. Where there is life there is also love, which is what oftentimes gets missed. Love is what’s here. It’s our natural state. It is what’s at the core of all life.
In Taoism, wu-wei is an important concept. It literally translates as no doing or no trying, which is not the same as no action. Taoist tradition says that those who are in harmony with life behave in an unforced and natural way. A person in wu-wei spontaneously and effectively responds to life – effortlessly. Movement and action comes from a much deeper place than the mind, and is as natural as the body surrendering to the seductive rhythm of a song.
When we stop trying to think our way into something else it’s easy to see that love leads the way, then we can effortlessly follow where the impulse of life is taking us.
Plants, animals, and humans grow without trying. Planets rotate around the sun without “doing it”. Ease of living is what happens when the ego is no longer in charge.
Relax into the natural nature of be-ing; stop trying to be something you are not. Notice if you are following the past, someone else’s ideas or beliefs, and check in to see if they are counter to your beingness.
What is love wanting you to know more deeply about yourself? How does love want to express through you right now? Life is bringing situations, people, and events into your field for your greater good. Love at the beginning and end of all things is guiding you. Truly.
What would it be like to mark one day of the week as Love Day? A practice that might happen on Love Day:
Bring awareness into your heart for that entire day (or as much as you can), and ask what you can do for love. Do this with all your decisions, appointments, errands, meetings, and movements. What would it look like to consciously bring love into all that you do? What would it take to keep the heart open, shining love on everything for just one day out of seven?
Ask not what love can do for you, ask what you can do for love. Then follow that.
Give up all notions of what love is and what love isn’t and just love to love. Recognizing the love that animates all life and moving from that as your truest center quickens one’s awakening, enlivens the spirit, diminishes the ego, unleashes joy, and blesses the world.
“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” ~Leo Buscaglia
Love to love – that in and of itself is the gift, for the giver and the receiver.
Much Love and Blessings to You,
“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”