February 6, 2013 Love: It’s Still in Fashion

Paraphrasing Deepak Chopra as he explained, ‘every sentence, every action, all behavior is really just a plea for love.’ When we can see this, first in ourselves, and then in each other, we realize our innocence. I play with this frequently. When someone looks at me, I can almost hear them saying, ‘What do you think? Am I likable?’ And I become aware of my own desire for approval and belonging. Imagine, I’m at a coffee shop and someone holds the door open for me. I smile at the person acknowledging their kind gesture. The entire exchange is a subtle call and response to love, for love. Now imagine I’m in traffic and someone cuts me off. One reason it might affect me is because I don’t feel seen, I don’t feel loved. In order to practice compassion, I ask myself why would that person cut me off? What do they need from me and astoundingly, the answer is to be seen, to be loved, desperately! Whether we’re behaving well, or behaving badly, it’s a plea for acknowledgement. You can expand and contract this principle, from the individual at the most subtle level, to the collective desire of interest groups, and even nations. The Beatles were espousing intense wisdom when they sang, “All you need is love…everybody.”  Have a wonderful, Valentine’s Day/Month! Practice becoming aware of this desire for love-everywhere. When we’re healthy, we give it freely and easily. When we’re unhealthy we desire it more than breath!
Hafiz wrote:
The subject tonight is Love

And for tomorrow night as well,

As a matter of fact

I know of no better topic

For us to discuss

Until we all


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