June 20

Today's quotation:

The problem lies not in the question, "What is the meaning
of life?"  The problem is not finding Love as the answer.

Debbie Skelly

Today's Meditation:

Love is such a simple little word, and even a relatively simple concept.  Our problems lie in our tendencies to imbue the word with all sorts of meanings and expectations that don't necessarily have anything to do with love at all--and that keep us from truly living the simplicity of the word.

True love has nothing to do with romance or sex, no matter how many songs we hear or movies we see that present this connection as the truth.  True love is our ability to treat other human beings with compassion and respect, no matter how they may be treating us, and without any expectations of any return at all.

What is the meaning of life?  To love one another.  Jesus gave it as a new commandment.  Muhammed said "you will not believe until you love one another."  Buddha said similar things in different words.  Jane Siberry wrote a song called "Love Is Everything."  We see constant messages all through our lives explaining to us the importance of love in creating and developing ourselves and in making this world a better place, yet somehow we focus more on getting new things and judging other people than we do on loving one another.

The meaning of life is to Love.  And it's an action verb that doesn't have anything to do with sex or romance in itself.  Our lives gain meaning--and we help others to find the meaning in their own lives--only when we've learned to love.  And love is a beautiful thing that can bring beautiful results to the world when we use it creatively and effectively.

Questions to consider:

Why do we often hold back our love?

In what ways can we share our love with others and create meaning in our own lives and in theirs?

How would you define love yourself?

For further thought:

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves,
the tide and gravity, we shall harness for God
the energies of love.  Then, for the second time in the
history of the world, humans will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  

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