Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The last line of the manifesto pretty much says it all.
Be Kind and Gentle
Remain Humble & Open Minded
Forgive, Forgive, Forgive
And above all else
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.
— Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
My only goal in life is to feel that love, in me, through me, around me. To truly understand that feeling of pure love. Pure. Love that transcends all other considerations and sees clearly that we are all one, all manifestations of the same source and energy and in that moment of knowing there is nothing but joy and forgiveness. To hold onto that awareness when I look on any other being to see their divinity. This is my prayer.
Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.
– Audre Lorde
What is your prayer? How do you experience pure love in your life?
I credit yoga for bringing me closer to that realization, the first step was self love and as I grow closer to that it creates a greater patience and love for those around me. I continue to practice…continue to work towards that understanding.
One of the greatest realizations has been learning that achieving that state doesn’t have to come at the exclusion of other earthly pursuits, as Arjuna discovers in the gita…it’s not about removing the earthly endeavors but living them fully and well. Love doesn’t happen in a vacuum but rather in the connection with the world. So we laugh, we explore, we play, we work, we argue and we discover and in this we find love.
“There is nothing lost or wasted in this life.” Bhagavad Gita quote