A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
The opposite of love is said to be indifference. I think we are indifferent when we are afraid to get our hopes up. It’s a self protective mechanism, not letting ourselves get excited for fear of the let down if life does not deliver.
The answer, always is to love…anyway.
When you doubt your love will be reciprocated…love anyway.
When afraid ~ believe, and love the dream that all will be well… any way.
When angry ~especially! ~ love- because that’s what anger really is…love turned on its head. Loving anyway might be the only way to right it.
There’s plenty to be afraid of right now. Strangely, I am finding springing forward is exciting and a bit scary. We all have a few reasons and burns from the last year that are holding us back from getting our hopes up too much. Our emotions are being pushed and pulled.
Experience tells me… love anyway. Pray a metta pray of love: Any Way!
A Metta Meditation:
“Look at your consciousness. According to Buddhism, love is like a field with every other possible kind of seed in it, seeds of love, compassion, joy, and equanimity; seeds of anger, fear, and anxiety; and seeds of mindfulness. Consciousness is the storehouse that contains all these seeds, all the possibilities of what might arise in our mind. Metta meditation can bring the seeds of peace, love, and joy up into your conscious mind as zones of energy, and transform the seeds of fear. ”
“May I be peaceful, happy, and light
in body and spirit.
May I be safe and free from injury.
May I be free from anger, afflictions,
fear, and anxiety.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
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