What the world needs now is love, sweet love
That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of…
When Hal David and Burt Bacharach collaborated on this often recorded song, the words resonated throughout the world. Of course, the world needs love. We all need love. Don’t we long for it, search for it, go out on a limb for it? Isn’t it what we hope for and dream about, in so many ways? But what kind of love do we hope to find? Is it some trivialized version of a Hollywood movie? Is it saccharin and filled with over wrought feelings that are transitory? Is it some kind of sexual bliss? What kind of love do we want? What sort of love endures?
There is a love like a small lamp that goes out when the oil is consumed,
or like a stream that dries up when it doesn’t rain.
But there is a love that is like a mighty spring, gushing up out of the earth;
it keeps flowing forever and is inexhaustible.
Isaac of Nineveh
Forever flowing? Inexhaustible? Add to that, unconditional — a love that does not change based on conditions, actions, behaviour — one that is just there, forever, like a warm embrace you can experience at any time. You can count on it. It IS NOT going away, for any reason. It just rests there, like a gentle flame in your heart, waiting and hoping that you remember it is there, ever-present inside you. This love does not alter based on outer acceptance or the whims of the world. It does not rise and fall. It does not disappear. It does not need another person to endorse it or prove it. This love just is. It has always been there and is eternal. You can “take it to the bank.”
God is but love and therefore, so am I.
A Course in Miracles
It is said that the essence of yoga, as a belief system, is love. In fact, all true spiritual paths converge on this point. The goal is LOVE. The path is LOVE. The truth is LOVE. You don’t have to seek it out. You already have it. You already are it. When in doubt — and you will have doubt from time to time, such is our conditioning — repeat the phrase: I LOVE MYSELF COMPLETELY NOW. See what happens. Watch how your mind, thoughts, body, and your world changes. LOVE is what the world needs now. How lucky for you that you already have it!
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