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Choose to Love.
If parenting, practise Attachment Parenting!
Thank You = count your blessings.
No Thank You = campaign against injustice (e.g. sign petitions!).
Go beyond reason to Love. It is safe. It is the only safety. (Thaddeus Golas)
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Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love. (Wilfred Peterson)
You are only alive if you emanate love. It’s so easy to practise! For instance, when no one is looking, lift your right hand high and project all your love to the whole universe, to the stars, to the angels and archangels, saying: “I love you, I love you, I want to be in harmony with you!” And in this way you form the habit of always emanating something vibrant and intense, you become a living source, a source of love. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
We can do no great things, only small things with great Love. (Saint Mother Teresa)
Do not expect your equilibrium and salvation to depend on achieving great things. As the possibilities for accomplishing great feats only rarely present themselves, you are likely to wait a long time. It is the little things that turn out to be the most beneficial. There are so many opportunities for little things! It is up to you to find them by paying greater attention and showing kindness to all living creatures, including animals and plants. It is your love that will save you, and love can be expressed in all the seemingly unimportant gestures you make every day. Each little gesture you make with diligence, sincerity and love is like a creature of light that is always with you. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Bhakti is love — loving God, loving your own Self, and loving all beings. The small heart should become bigger and bigger and, eventually, totally expansive. A spark can become a forest fire. So to have only a spark is enough, for the spark is also fire. Keep blowing on it, fanning it. Sooner or later it will burn like a forest fire, sending out long tongues of flame. (Amma Sri Mata Amritanandamayi)
Thomas says she tries to do something to break down racial stereotypes every day. No grand gestures - she thinks that small, regular acts of kindness are more important. "The biggest thing you can do is just be kind to another human being. It can come down to eye contact, or a smile. It doesn't have to be a huge monumental act." (Keshia Thomas, who in 1996 courageously/kindly protected a man from an angry mob, cited at BBC, posted and accessed 29 October 2013)
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference. (John Wooden maxim)
Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. (Gandalf in JRR Tolkien’s LOTR [Also see here])
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you. (Wayne Dyer)
One of the greatest acts of love is to pay attention. (Unknown)
Attention is the most basic form of love. Through it we bless and are blessed. (John Tarrant)
It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving. (Saint Mother Teresa)
People are people and we all are different on the outside, but on the inside the foundation is the same. Having a good heart and loving, caring soul is what is important. We need to be kind to each other or at the least respectful of each other. (Andrea Philbin, posted and accessed 30 June 2016)
Gradually I have come to believe that spirituality is found in the way we live our daily lives. It means spending time thinking about others. (Christopher Reeve cited by Geoffrey D Falk, accessed 12 March 2014)
M Scott Peck considers that love is not a feeling, it is an activity and an investment. He defines love as, "The will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth." (Wikipedia, accessed 27 December 2015)
To paraphrase something the anthropologist Ashley Montagu once said, the way I change my life is to act as if I'm the person I want to be. This is, to me, the simplest, wisest advice you can give anyone. When you wake up and act like a loving person, you realize not only that you are altered, but that the people around you are also transformed, because everybody is changed by the reception of this love... (Bernie Siegel, MD)
The first law is to love the Lord. This is the future of humanity. (Beinsa Douno)
[Substitute whatever word means 'the Lord' to you, e.g. 'God', 'Goddess', 'Great Spirit'.]
A true spiritual Master recognizes the Divine in his disciples and in everyone who comes to him, and it is the Divine in them that he addresses. Beyond their appearance and their sometimes wretched condition, he sees souls and spirits wanting only to grow in beauty and in light, and it is these souls and these spirits that he loves. It is pointless preaching love for one’s neighbours if it is not explained to people what they must love in them and how to love them.
When you see how so many people behave in daily life, you cannot love them, and it’s even pointless trying. Someone may be selfish, bad and hateful, and then you are told that they are your neighbour, that you have to love them… It’s impossible! In fact, it is so impossible that not only will you fail but, in making the effort to love this monster, you will also detest them even more. If you are to succeed in loving them, you have to go beyond appearances and concentrate on the divine spark that is living in them and may one day emerge. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Working according to the laws of wisdom and the methods of love – that is the programme’, said Master Peter Deunov. Wisdom indicates the ideal we must work towards, and this grand programme will keep us occupied for all eternity. To achieve it, we must adopt the methods of love, by living each minute consciously and very attentively. The laws represent fixed points by which we orient ourselves, and the methods are our tools. The methods of love allow us to achieve the grand aims of wisdom. Those who believe they can attain wisdom while neglecting love are mistaken: they will wither away and turn to dust. There are numerous methods of love – they enable us to first make exchanges with the whole of nature through breathing, nutrition and contemplation of the rising sun; followed by exchanges with human beings by showing kindness, generosity and patience; and then exchanges with the divine world through meditation and prayer. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Do not be afraid to love. Remember dear old Don Quixote, viewing the world with love. He saw many beautiful things no one else saw. Try being dear Don Quixote for a day. You'll see that love improves your vision and allows you to see more than your eye has ever seen before.
But be forewarned: Those who look on the world with love will need a handkerchief, not to use as a blindfold, but to blow their nose and dry their tears. (Bernie Siegel, MD)
I don't believe in the concept of an enemy. We have been conditioned to always be in competition. Stop looking for something to beat and just be. You don't have to do all the work. Once you start moving in love the universe will assist you.
(Kanye West, 18 April 2018 tweet cited at BBC, posted and accessed 20 April 2018)
I want you to know that I love you very much and I'm very proud of you. And I want you to know that if you can love me, you can love your goddam self. I want you to go home tonight and look in the mirror and say, "I love you, you are beautiful, and you can do anything!" Because I can believe we can save the world if we save ourselves first. And you all can change the world.
(Lizzo, speaking at Glastonbury Festival 2019, cited at BBC, posted and accessed 1 July 2019)
Stop saying the word love & live it. Love is an action.
(Nicki Minaj, 15 December 2018 tweet cited at BBC, posted and accessed 16 December 2018)
Let yourself be silently drawn
By what you really love.
There’s a whole host of studies that show that performing kind deeds is good for your own wellbeing – like a recent Spanish experiment that saw employees asked to do something kind for their colleagues. Those on the receiving end of the kind act - perhaps unsurprisingly - reported increased happiness, but the people carrying out the gestures not only saw an increase in their own happiness – they also had an upsurge in levels of job and life satisfaction, and a decrease in depression levels. Powerful stuff.
(BBC, posted 6 March 2019, accessed 15 March 2019)
I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. (Oprah Winfrey)
Let the spring of love flow within you. Through your thoughts, your feelings, your wishes, your words, let it gush forth over all the creatures and objects around you and beyond, on the trees, the mountains, the oceans. Even if you are by yourself, remember to utter words of peace, of hope and of joy for all human beings on earth, knowing that these words will have an effect somewhere, no matter where. You do not yet know what it is possible to achieve with love. And since we can only give to others what we possess ourselves, try first to establish harmony and light within you, and then, once you feel you have succeeded in making this harmony and light real within you, in your heart and your soul, project them into space. This is what working with love is all about: becoming a beneficial presence for the entire world. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
You do not realize just how rich and full your life can become, but on one condition: that you learn to open yourself up, to give, to become more fraternal, and more generous. Why do you always wait for others to take the first step, to greet you and to smile at you? Do not wait any longer. It is now up to you to project ever more light and love, to perfume the atmosphere around you with your emanations. Then, even the stones on the road will quiver as you pass by, and all who approach you will sense a mysterious vibration communicated to them.
Humans are capable of animating and spiritualizing matter, and not just the matter of their own cells, but the whole of nature around them, even the stones. And they will succeed the day they learn how to tear particles of light and love from their heart and soul. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Why do you limit yourselves to the contacts you make on the physical plane with human beings? There are other beings to encounter in the universe and with whom you can establish relationships. Every day you have the option not only to link yourselves with the spirits of light who populate the universe, but to draw them nearer to you.
So address yourselves to them, ‘Come, celestial friends, come make your dwelling place in me.’ You can also add, ‘Lord God, Divine Mother, Holy Trinity, all angels and archangels, servants of God and of light, my entire being belongs to you; make use of me for the glory of God, for his kingdom and justice on earth.’
Pronouncing these words is an act of consecration and in doing so, you invite the celestial spirits to come and dwell within you and you place yourself under their protection. If you do not know how to invite the celestial spirits, do not be surprised when other entities, in no way celestial, come and establish themselves in you without waiting for an invitation! It is up to you to decide who you want for inhabitants. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Colombian priest Father Gabriel Mejia has developed a rehabilitation process for addicted and abused youth that uses love consciousness and meditation as a basis of therapy. He has founded many safe-havens for youth who have been living on the streets. These have a 98% success rate getting youth off drugs and reintegrated back into society.
See here, here, book A Modern Day Saint Father Gabriel Mejia by Scott Werner, MD.
"My job currently is to globalize love with programs of love consciousness and meditation, so that all of the children of Latin America and the world can learn to meditate and participate in the consciousness of love. This consciousness will change the world." (Father Gabriel Mejia)
"The basic therapy is love. Love is the imperial medicine for any illness or disorder. When a child feels they are welcome, when they feel an educator is concerned about them, the child who came from the violence and hostility of the streets, from being mistreated, and who became aggressive... They change. The child changes.
I’m convinced that a child is not a problem. A child is an opportunity. A child has infinite potential. A child is like a shrine. A child is like a dance of creation. We know a child accepts help because of what we call resilience... the capacity of man to be reborn, continuously. When a child starts to practise yoga every day, morning and afternoon... When a child closes the eyes and begins to meditate... they open themselves up to a field of infinite possibilities... The world opens up for the child. And then the child discovers their essential nature, which is love...
I think that we're all committed to transforming the world we're living in. We have to leave a better world than the one we found. I believe in solidarity. I believe the solution is within every person. Within each one of us is a sanctuary, and the moment we take refuge there, we can enter it. Solutions come from every person. When we put them together, there are many solutions. We must globalize love." (Father Gabriel Mejia)
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