We are all born for love.
It is the principle of existence, and its only purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, expressed these words during the Victorian era in the 1800’s. Imagine, if today, these words were part of the political dialogue in our present era. Could you fathom a candidate standing at a podium talking so adamantly about love being our purpose for living? Yet, when we cut through the puffery of the world and go to the core of our being, and, if we have the courage to speak from the truth within our hearts, most of us will acknowledge that it is love that warms us, alters us and changes everything around us.
The poet, Robert Browning wrote:
Take away love and our earth becomes a tomb.
Without love, who are we and what are we? Throughout history, we have seen how civilizations have been ruled from places of hate, self-righteous beliefs, and the harsh divisiveness of judging others as inferior or evil, thus proving that those espousing those sentiments can only be speaking from their own love deprived state. Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to loving and caring for those in society who were the most likely to view themselves as unlovabe and unworthy, observed:
If you judge people you have no time to love them.
In an earlier post about love, I noted that all great spiritual paths hold love as a commonality. As a yoga teacher, I know that love is the essence of yoga in its purest form. We learn to “practice” methods that help us to remember to love ourselves. Why is it a practice, like learning to do yoga postures and sitting in meditation? Because it may not come naturally to us — even as it is, in the truest sense, innate within us, we forget just how worthy we are and that we are born with love intact — until we learn to unlearn it.
Whether we actively embrace a religion or spiritual path or not, loving ourselves, at least to begin, requires changing the way we think. Louise Hay, the woman who is at the forefront of spiritual knowledge, as a best-selling author, speaker, and publisher, and Cheryl Richardson, another best-selling author and coach, have written a new book called You Can Create an Exceptional Life, which includes much insight into using affirmations to help bring change into your life. At first glance, some might think these are just rote statements that never reach into the depth of our being, but the mind and body have a way of responding even when you don’t realize it. You have to try using affirmations over a period of time to recognize their strength and potency. As Louise Hay suggests, as you go about your day, you can say words like this:
I love my life.
I love this day.
Life loves me.
It is wonderful to feel the love in my heart.
Everything I do brings me joy.
Drop the skepticism. Leave behind your judging , maybe cynical, mind. Go ahead! Try it. It can’t hurt. It can only make you feel better. Or you can make up your own expressions and affirmations. Just typing these statements puts a smile on my face. I feel the love flowing from the words and out into the space around me.
And when love speaks, the voices of all the gods
make heaven drowsy with its harmony.
We have the chance, in every single minute of our lives, to let love speak. To ourselves. To those around us. And to everyone, circling the globe.