When the pain and sorrow in the world feel overwhelming, the passion for making changes tends to fade. A sense of powerlessness drains vital energy. The dreams for a loving world feel out of reach.
Yet, what I’ve discovered about love is that it is enduring. Love exists, abundantly. It’s already here – all around us, in the forests and the rivers, in the sunlight and the stars.
Love is already here – living inside us, in the very fabric of our being, in the blueprint of who we really are. We’ve forgotten. We’ve misunderstood. We’ve been lied to and misled. We’ve been hurt and are hurting. Love has gotten buried beneath tangled-up layers of wounding, stress, judgments, and fear.
Not-loving goes against nature. It takes immense amounts of energy, time, and resources to maintain a not-loving way of life. All the battles against ourselves and our own bodies. The words used as weapons. The pointing of fingers to blame and shame. The warring between countries and politicians, between races, religions, and gender groups. The physical and emotional walls we build, with conflict and confusion about who’s allowed in and who should be kept out. The harm, disrespect, and desecration of our earth.
These ways of not-loving have been going on for centuries and passed on through the generations. Yet, as we can see, our human-made out-of-balance world is tumbling down and falling apart.
Love is a healer. The power of love is underestimated, likely because we’ve lost touch with what love actually is. Love, in it’s essence, is a steady, unbroken, continuous flow. Love is the energy of creation, of interconnection, of respect, acceptance, clarity, awareness. Love is an all encompassing embrace. Love sees. Love dances. Love heals.
Love simplifies things. It’s our nature. When we remember love and feel this, settle in and allow love to be, we rest safely in the assurance of the presence of love. Love flows from the inside out, sharing, interacting, exchanging, transforming.
Love is organic. Love grows when it’s nourished. Weaving a loving world begins with a single glistening thread.
So what would happen, today, if each of us made one loving choice?
Accept yourself, just as you are.
Accept others, just as they are.
Seek understanding (not necessarily agreement or consensus) in a situation that is usually emotionally charged.
Support the well-being of a plant, animal, river, garden.
Find your joy.
Respect the existence of what is, just as it is and has been.
Honor diversity – listening, observing, learning.
Find language that doesn’t imply judgments of “better-than” or “less-than.” Notice how you feel when you think and speak with these words.
Let somebody know that you care.
Dream wildly and freely. Share your dreams with others, for your lives, for the earth, for all life.
Listen with curiosity, setting aside the habit of jumping to conclusions.
Fully receive – a kindness, a deep breath of fresh air, healing touch, nourishing food, a gift, the love and respect someone offers you.
Consider another perspective, explore a different point of view.
Engage in creative expression – art, music, writing, cooking, dialogue, dance – free of judgment.
Rest when you’re tired.
Clear away toxins – a harmful word in your vocabulary, a harmful substance in your diet, a plastic bottle left on the ground.
Acknowledge and respect natural cycles – seasons, moon phases, births, deaths, beginnings, completions, growth, time, transitions.
Feel the magic and mystery of being alive, of your personal connection with the web of life, with humanity, with the earth, with ancestors, with the spirits, with the cosmos.
Make one loving choice. Then another. And then another.
Our many loving choices will connect and intertwine.
Relationships and structures will begin to take shape.
Thread by thread by thread, we’ll weave heart-centered lives
and, together, a heart-centered world.