“Everywhere in the world people are in search of love, for everyone is convinced that love alone can save the world, love alone can make life meaningful and worth living.
But how very few understand what love really is, and how it arises in the human heart.
It is frequently equated with good feelings toward others, with benevolence or nonviolence or service. But these things in themselves are not love.
Love springs from awareness…
Think of the terror that comes to a rich man when he sets out to really see the pitiful condition of the poor, to a power-hungry dictator when he really looks at the plight of the people he oppresses, to a fanatic, a bigot, when he really sees the falsehood of his convictions when they do not fit the facts.
The terror that comes to the romantic lover when he decides to really see that what he loves is not his beloved but his image of her.
That is why the most painful act the human being can perform, the act that he dreads the most is the act of seeing.
It is in that act of seeing that love is born, or rather more accurately, that act of seeing is Love.
Once you begin to see, your sensitivity will drive you to the awareness, not just of the things you choose to see but of everything else as well…
…If you ever allow yourself to see it will be the death of you. And that is why love is so terrifying, for to love is to see and to see is to die. But it is also the most delightful exhilarating experience in the whole world. For in the death of the ego is freedom, peace, serenity, joy.
If it is love that you truly desire then set out at once on the task of seeing, take it seriously and look at someone you dislike and really see your prejudice…
…and look long and lovingly at human faces and human behaviours.
Take some time out to gaze in wonder at Nature, the flight of a bird, a flower in bloom, the dry leaf crumbling to dust, the flow of a river, the rising of the moon, a silhouette of a mountain against the sky.
And as you do this the hard, protective shell around your heart will soften and melt and your heart will come alive in sensitivity and responsiveness.
The darkness in your eyes will be dispelled and your vision will become clear and penetrating and you will know at last what love is.” – Anthony De Mello, ‘The Way To Love’
I must admit that for some time now, I’ve refused to SEE what is going on in Syria.
I refused to let my heart break over this country like it did over Libya.
I refused to be rocked with anger by the War that is invading Syria.
And I refused to cry over the injustice and cruelty and death that is plaguing the country.
I refused to feel the sorrow I felt for Libya when its people turned on its own people and its ousted leaders were treated as less than humans–even in their death.
I refused to be a part of this Pain that is crying out for Love, for as long as I could. But today, my heart refuses to stay in the protective shell I have carefully kept it in for the past few months.
Love has broken through and led my eyes to See.
And now that I’m Seeing Syria for the first time today…
I’ve deliberately avoided ALL war coverage on Syria for now… It is not that I wish to avoid Reality. Its precisely because of Reality that I wish not to see the country through the eyes of Sympathy, Sorrow or Anger…
…but through the eyes of Love.
I wish to see the country, its people and its culture, for what it is, as they are, minus the tainted imagery of violence, anger and hate… spreading like poison in the hearts of children–forever robbed of their innocence.
If you could spare just 5 minutes… may the next 5 minutes of Syria fill your heart with wonder at its beauty, and Love for its people:
And for those of you who find it in your heart to do so, Pray for Syria.
“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb
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