Thursday, August 24, 2006
Love all Creation
The whole of it and every grain of sand
Love every leaf
Every ray of God's light
Love the animals
Love the plants
If you love everything
You will perceive
The divine mystery in things
And once you have perceived it
You will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly
More and more everyday
And you will at last come to love the whole world
With an abiding universal love
For some reason, this time I got it. I can love everything. In fact, it is freedom to love everything. I'm not talking about emotional love. I am talking, er writing, about being love, keeping the clouds from in front of the heart, shining love on every situation. Not having to like something or someone, but allowing an open-ness of heart to be at all times.
I realized that we choose to dislike, hate, and resist. So, we can choose to remain open and loving. NOTHING that I have hated or resisted has changed into something more lovable by my hatred or resistance. I can't think of a single thing that got better because I hated it.
But I know that the least lovable little kids need love the most. It is easy to love some people, so they get love all of the time. But to treat a not-so-nice person with love is like watering parched earth.
I realized that it takes a lot of energy to resist and close off. But to keep the heart clear of blocks, well, that is our natural state. It is easy. It's a choice.
And I woke up this morning with a lot of dread. I felt really sad about what we found out about my friend's health yesterday. I have never been with a friend when they found out that they were considered "terminal" (possibly a sooner terminal than most of the rest of us). Opening the path to my heart, the sadness washed through, and I cried.
What better place to begin my practice of loving all than right here in a new and scary place?