Guidelines for Bringing More Love into One’s Life
The ignorant person desires material objects, the intelligent person desires enlightenment but the wise person just loves and everything comes to him or her
As the Beatles told us, “All you need is love” and how sure this is. Our highest vibration, our Essence, who we really are, is Pure Love. When we love, we connect with the deepest part of ourself. The part of ourself which is always ready to present whatever we need in a perfect way, at exactly the right moment. If we make love the foundation of our actions, life flows. When we exclude love, life becomes a struggle.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi expressed it beautifully when he said, “Love shall forever shine on our way and the light will guide our steps, whether we go slow or fast. The light of love shall forever be with us on our way. Love shall forever be the anchor of life. We shall be in love and love shall be in us. We shall live in love, shall grow in love and shall find fulfillment in love eternal.”
In his book The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra recommends a series of Loving Practices for us to incorporate into our lives. Meditation is the greatest loving practice we can follow. Meditation directly connects us to our field of Love and allows us to reinstate its beauty in our lives.
Meditation and the other loving practices we’ll explore merge the inner and outer worlds to create a life of Love.
Some Loving Practices
1. Purifying the Heart Center.
Pure Love manifests in life through the Heart Center. Repressed stresses, emotions, doubts and fears all distort or block the flow of Pure Love. As Michel de Montaignesaid, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which have never happened.”
Our first practice is to purify the Heart Center so our life is filled with and guided by Love.
Sit quietly, close your eyes and simply be aware of your breathing. Now move your attention to your Heart Center in the middle of your chest. Be aware of the breath here. Not focusing or concentrating, just simple awareness.
You may become aware of a soft light or warmth in this area, just continue breathing with it, resting your awareness in your Heart Center. Allow any repressed emotions, fears, doubts or desires to spontaneously rise up. Simply notice them without judgement or evaluation and let them go. They no longer serve you.
Do this for 5-10 minutes every day as is comfortable.
2. Awakening the qualities of the heart
At the end of the above exercise or separately, awaken or activate the qualities of your heart that may have been lying dormant.
Still with your eyes closed and your awareness in your Heart Center, silently repeat each of the following words. Repeat each one 2-3 times,pause for a few seconds between each repetition before moving to the next.
Don’t try to evaluate the meanings of the words, just repeat them and let them settle back into the silent field of Infinite Organizing Power.
Allow these qualities to grow in your life. Let them radiate from your heart.
3. Asking Love
Love has many other qualities. It is healing, nurturing and nourishing, bringing a renewing sparkle to our lives. Love is fearless, powerful and invincible, allowing us to feel safe and secure. Love is compassionate, harmonious and dissolves all our doubts and worries.
This practice is to ask for what you want from Love. Which quality is important to you right now? Choose from one of the above or something else.
Sit quietly, close your eyes and bring your awareness into your Heart Center and simply ask. Plant the seed of your intention. It could be just one word or a short sentence but be bold (wimpy desires produce wimpy results). Now let go, detach from the outcome and let Love organize it for you.
4. Listening to Love
Pure Love holds the message of Truth. It’s voice is always there whispering to us. We just need to learn to listen. When we don’t listen to Love we have doubts about ourselves and others, things don’t go as we’d hoped, we have regrets and are confused about our feelings. When we listen, we stop complaining and casting blame, we trust ourselves and others, we practice forgiveness and feel inspired.
As you purify your Heart Center, begin to ask its advice and listen. The answers will start flowing from Pure Love.
If you’re not sure whether the answers are coming from love or from your ego, ask your body how it feels. If it feels tense, angry, frightened, suspicious, fidgety, uncomfortable, then it’s your ego talking. If it feels peaceful, relaxed, safe, content, comfortable and has a warm glow then you know the messages are flowing from love.
Learn to think with your heart and love with your mind. Be open, alert and connected to life. When the heart and mind combine, our thoughts and actions are inspired. Projections, fantasies and judgements fall away, leaving clarity, insight and compassion. Write down your inspirations whenever they arise and allow them to guide your journey.
5. Accepting your ambiguity
Ambiguity makes life fascinating. Accept all aspects of yourself. Embrace your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Explore and embrace your shadows. To show your positive and negative qualities is to be complete. This is what makes you attractive. Start feeling good about yourself. When you accept the good and bad within yourself, you’ll find it easier to accept and forgive others.
Let Love reflect your truth. Love no matter what.
6. Dropping the conditioning
Pure Love is with you right now, always has been, always will be. Pure Love is in the spaces between all the noise and activity. We glimpse Love when we feel safe in a crisis, we feel a deep silence within, we lose track of time watching a beautiful sunset or feel connected to everyone and everything.
We block the flow of Love in our lives because of the conditioning and behavioral habits we have imprisoned ourselves within. Begin to look beyond the limitations you’ve created in your life. Look for Pure Love in everyday experiences. Attune yourself to Love and let it be your guide.Nothing happens to you, it happens for you and everything that happens is necessary, because it happened. When you let go of limiting beliefs, you will rediscover yourself as Pure Love, which lacks nothing.
7. Surrendering to Love
Surrendering to Love is a process of non-attachment, letting go of how things have to be, stepping free of the ego, opening to infinite possibilities.
The first step here is to be aware that you have choices and then begin making your choices consciously by listening to your heart. Let go physically by directing Love into any areas of tension in your body. Let go mentally by being open to new ideas, looking for new opportunities. Let go emotionally by expressing your feelings rather than suppressing them.
Security comes from facing our inner fears, Love is always here to support us.
8. Recognizing Love in Others
It’s easy to see the Love in those we are close to but try to see Love in everyone. Remember that everything out “there” is a reflection of what’s in “here”. Bringing your palms together in front of your Heart Center with the simple greeting Namaste, helps us to recognize the Love in ourselves is also the same as the Love in others.
When we open ourselves to Love, when we live from Love, when we allow that Love to radiate to everyone we meet, our lives will be filled with Love and we will see the Love in everything. Be the wise person and enjoy Love’s bounty.
Only love can save the world – Wonder Woman