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[Reclaim Your Life Nuggets] Let's talk about love...
August 25, 2013
August 25, 2013 | Issue #006 | Sign up for this ezine
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Let's talk about love today, and start with acknowledging that talking about it already distorts it because love is not something that can accurately be described with words.
However, here I'll ask you to open your mind beyond what you think you know, because in saying love I have in mind something that is greater than the sentimental thing that most people talk about.
If you want to move even a tiny step forward with me here, you'll need to 'empty your cup' and I'll share two short stories with you, to illustrate two important points.
The first one is a Zen story that explains what I mean by 'empty your cup':
"A scholar came to meet a wise master in quest for knowledge. “Master I have travelled a great distance to meet you with the desire to drink from your ocean of knowledge. Please enlighten me.” The master invited him to sit. He took a kettle from the table and poured the tea into an already full cup. Startled at the master’s behavior, the seeker hurriedly reminded, “but the cup is already full…” “So are you”, said the master calmly."
And this applies to any knowledge we ever seek - if we truly wish to learn, we must first 'empty' ourselves from old concepts and ideas.
Our own assumptions of the things we think we know prevent us from seeing what we don't know, and here comes the second short story taken from the book "Thinkertoys" by Michael Michalko:
"Years back, a group of scientists visited a tribe in New Guinea that believed their world ended at a nearby river. After several months, one of the scientists had to leave, which involved crossing the river. Safely across the river, he turned around and waved. The tribesmen did not respond because, they said they didn't see him. Their entrenched beliefs about the world had distorted their perception of reality."
So you see - if you think you know what love looks like - it becomes invisible to you, and opening your mind beyond what you think you know is really the first step of forward movement, and again this applies to any knowledge we ever seek.
So we need to understand that when we hear things about 'the importance of loving yourself' and love that has the power to 'transform an enemy to a friend' it's not the love we assume we know about.
This love, that is more than just ours - it's who we are, can be found by seeking the truth within. We are all eternal beings of an infinite intelligence that is beyond our knowing, and being open to not knowing will allow the truth within to surface.
And if we must put this infinite unconditional love into words, probably the closest words that could give us an idea are 'kindness' and 'compassion'.
(and whether you know it or not - sometimes you are your own enemy…) and towards the whole world around you - you'll tap into this extremely powerful transformational love.
Dalai Lama said:
If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
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