February 11

Today's quotation:

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Today's Meditation:

It's very hard for me to admit that I've spent most of my life building and maintaining barriers to love, but that is the truth of the matter.  In my case they've been misguided attempts at avoiding pain--the pain of rejection that I knew would come eventually if I ever dared to allow myself to love and be loved.

That pain, though, I learned was simply a figment of my imagination, something that I created myself when I tried to love conditionally.  When I expected something in return for my love, whether that was to be "loved" back, to be appreciated, or to be wanted or needed by someone else, then my love was conditional, and I was bound to be disappointed in what I saw as a result of the "risk" I had taken.

Since I've learned that love is something that is unconditional and something that isn't necessarily related to the "romantic" image of love that we're taught from a very early age onward, I've found that it's much easier to share my love and to allow others to love me.  I don't have to push someone away who might feel deeply for me, for I know that such feelings are natural, especially if I'm treating people with love myself.  I do have to be careful and aware of people who may be misinterpreting my feelings or intentions, but that's not the same thing as putting up barriers to love.

Love is all around, everywhere.  And we can become receivers and senders of love if we just stop spending so much time and effort blocking it from entering our lives or from leaving us, destined for others, unconditionally.  Love is a beautiful part of our lives if we let it be so, or it can be a source of frustration and pain if we try to control it and keep it away.

Questions to consider:

Do you block love?  How?  Why?

Do you know someone else who blocks love?  What might you learn about yourself if you were to observe this other person?

What might be some positive results of lowering the filters we put up to keep love out?

For further thought:

The one thing we can never get enough of is love.  And the one thing we never give enough of is love.

Henry Miller



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