Monday, April 1, 2013

Loving the Other

A life without love is a waste. “Should I look for spiritual love, or material, or physical love?”, don’t ask yourself this question. Discrimination leads to discrimination. Love doesn’t need any name, category or definition. Love is a world itself. Either you are in, at the center…either you are out, yearning.

~ Shams Tabrizi

Judgment is a symptom of perceived disconnect.

People want to bash the one who had the abortion until its their cherished sister

Or rally against the gay until its their beloved brother

Or demonize the Republican until it's their kind neighbor.

Or marginalize the homeless addict until its their treasured grown child.

It's tempting for all of us to judge and we all do.

Our freedom isn't in never judging...

It's in noticing that we do and recognizing that it comes from the illusion of separation from each other.

We are all connected.
And threaded together by this common strand of the human and divine experience.

Created by Love
For Love

To receive and give love. Mother Theresa's words call to me often,  
"We have no peace because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

We belong
To each other.

Stacey Robbins

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. 
If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, 
and this shows that we have not fully experienced 
his perfect love.

1 John 4:18

Fear divides
Love unites
Across all divisions
All differences

What do I fear
When I believe I cannot accept you
(and extend kindness and compassion)
If your beliefs or actions
don't match what I believe to be true and right?  

Am I a "conservative" condemning the "liberal" . . . 
Or, the "liberal" condemning the "conservative"?
(insert whatever boxes or divisions are important to you)
Do I hate people because they are hateful?  
(does this not, by definition, make me a hater?)

Do I draw lines of inclusion and exclusion,
or does my love and acceptance include all people - 
the "greatest" and the "least"? 

Love never fails
Everything else