To find love, think of somebody you love and somebody who loves you. There it is.
Look at people everywhere. See parents with children, couples holding hands, friends laughing together. There it is.
Look for the goodness and beauty in everybody you meet. There it is.
Think of all the many things you are grateful for in life. There it is.
Love is everywhere.
To find a specific love with another person, practice seeing love in its many forms and being open to its many expressions. When you get used to seeing it everywhere, you won’t miss it when somebody notices it in you.
Love is all around!
A great thing about Mindfulness and meditation is that it can be practiced within any religion. It is an exploration of the spirit. Every religion at its heart springs from that spirit.
When you embody spirituality there is no conflict with religion.
Religions sometimes present a view of spirituality that can stifle other expressions of the spirit. When you are lead by your sense of the spirit you see that the conflicting beliefs can exist together harmoniously.
When you are secure in your spirituality, you can allow Religious Authorities to be right where they are right and wrong where they are wrong.
As you live the spirit, you light the way for others. Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, and countless other prophets embodied the spirit, the same spirit that we embody. We all want peace for everybody.
All spiritual practice is focused on love.
Sometimes it seems that we can never do enough to prove to the world and ourselves that we are worthy. Even if we demonstrate extraordinary worthiness in one area of life, there is always another area where we can find fault with ourselves.
We may feel proud in the morning and ashamed in the evening. We may feel important around one group of people and insignificant around another.
There are millions of ways to measure our self worth, but we often rate ourselves based on our circumstance and the mood at the moment. One way around all the ups and downs of self esteem is to just be, just being is perfect.
It is not easy to be perfect all day because we get distracted and start feeling guilty, ashamed, sad, scared, bored, or angry and we forget all about being perfect. We may make a mistake, show our ignorance, hurt somebody we love, or be hurt by somebody we love and we feel all messed up and far from perfect. That’s why it’s important to set aside a few minutes a day to remember that we are perfect. That’s why we meditate. That's why we are.
When you meditate you are perfect. You may not sit perfectly straight, you may fall asleep, you may think some nasty thoughts and feel some difficult emotions, but as you sit there and practice meditation, you are perfect, you are practicing perfection.
Breathe in, breathe out, perfect. You are everything that you can be in those moments. When you have sat perfectly for enough time, you can get up again and you'll probably forget about how perfect you are.
When you get used to sitting a couple of times a day and experiencing a few moments of perfection here and there, that can carry you through the ups and downs of the rest of the day.
You’re still perfect even as you imagine how horrible you are, you may have lost touch with it momentarily but you still hold perfection within.
When you need to remember, sit still for a few minutes, breathe and just be perfect.
Perfection is the breath and breath is perfection.
Whether you know it or not, you are an enlightened being. We put a lot of emphasis on knowing this, because by knowing it we suffer less. When you think that you are something less than an enlightened being, you can find all kinds of things to suffer about. When you need a break from suffering, remember that you are an enlightened being. There is nothing more wonderful to be.
Enlightenment does not take into account how you look or how much you know or even how you feel. It is just what you are. Remembering that feels nice.