Love Springs from Awareness
Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that light becomes this art.
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
Daylight, full of small dancing particles and the one great turning, our souls are dancing with you, without feet, they dance. Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?
“Understand your unhappiness and it will disappear— what results is the state of happiness. Understand your pride and it will drop— what results will be humility. Understand your fears and they will melt— the resultant state is love. Understand your attachments and they will vanish— the consequence is freedom. Love and freedom and happiness are not things that you can cultivate and produce. You cannot even know what they are. All you can do is observe their opposites and, through your observation, cause these opposites to die.”
De Mello, Anthony (2011-08-31). The Way to Love (p. 71).
“Love springs from awareness. It is only inasmuch as you see someone as he or she really is here and now and not as they are in your memory or your desire or in your imagination or projection that you can truly love them, otherwise it is not the person that you love but the idea that you have formed of this person, or this person as the object of your desire not as he or she is in themselves. Therefore the first act of love is to see this person or this object, this reality as it truly is. And this involves the enormous discipline of dropping your desires, your prejudices, your memories, your projections, your selective way of looking, a discipline so great that most people would rather plunge headlong into good actions and service than submit to the burning fire of this asceticism. When you set out to serve someone whom you have not taken the trouble to see, are you meeting that person’s need or your own? So the first ingredient of love is to really see the other.”
De Mello, Anthony (2011-08-31). The Way to Love (pp. 131-132).
|Dharma talk from Monday Night Meditation class at Spirit Rock on December 21st, 2015.|
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The Way to Love
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