Love … the greatest of all


Ace of Cups/Water

Ace of Cups/Water

ACE of MORITSOANA (Water/Cups)
People of the West Key word – LOVE
The gift of love | Power of love | Open heart – attraction | Deep feelings | Intimacy | Atonement | Forgiveness | Emotional awareness | Responding sympathetically | Emotional status

As we near the end of the year and for some the end of the world as we know it, I am reminded of the phrase “the greatest of all, is love”. I am not talking about romantic love, but the love we feel for ourselves, our family, friends and for the world around us.

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we remembered to come from our hearts, to live with a good heart and to love all that is within us and around us. The gift of love is universal. Some people believe that it is only humans that have the capacity to love, yet when I watch those Discovery or National Geographic movies, I am made aware and reminded of the love between prides and herds. Its not an ego love, its about belonging and protecting. Where do we belong in the greater scheme of things? What will, or what do we protect? Our possessions, our material world way before we consider our loved ones and our protectors. Do we give or show gratitude for our good fortune. How much time do we spend in thankfulness for what we DO have. Most of us spend more time and energy on what we DON’T have. Find balance, we all want to keep moving forward but we can only do that when we address where we are and recognize the lessons of the past.

We need to respond sympathetically to all that is within our lives. We need to have the compassion and understanding that even though it feels like our world is falling apart there is always something we can do, choices we can make .

Yesterday was the Day of Reconciliation – what have you done to forgive, what have you done for atonement? We hear people say ‘I forgive but I will never forget ‘… well that’s not forgiveness. We have to let past hurts, damage and pain go. If we don’t we will always view our world through that hurt and pain. We will judge others and ourselves through that damaged lens. Reconcile your past – it happened and there is nothing we can do to change that, What we can do is change how we react and respond to our past. We hold onto the negative, it seems easier, what we need to do is look past the wrong and start finding what is right.

We need to live with an emotional awareness. We need to make sure that our emotional Quotient (EQ) is at the same level as our Intellectual quotient (IQ). Most of us have an imbalance. We tend live at our intellectual level and when we do respond emotionally we are coming with a stunted or immature emotion. I’ve said it before, we need to have the age appropriate response. Mature the child within.

Love is truth and is not driven by what we can get out of it, love is the selfless act for the greater good of another. Use this holiday time to journey deep within. Start the new year with an open heart, share the wonder that is you. Don’t ask for anything, just ask “how may I serve” and you will see how the universe responds – with pure love.

One of the most loving gifts you can give to another is the gift of presence. Be present, listen and absorb, don’t judge just be … allow the other a safe space to be. Be there for all whom you love. Don’t give false friendship, or false hope

Be present in the moment and give all your attention. Extend the hand of friendship and kindness to others. Even the beggars on the street. You don’t have to give them anything, except yourself – smile, look them in the eyes and acknowledge their life. Acknowledge their suffering and say a prayer of thankfulness.

Live this week with a gentle heart, an open and honest heart. Happy holidays and safe over the festive season.

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