sheryl bee

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Loving Kindness: A Mindful Practice

Let’s talk about love.  You are love.  That’s the end of the story.  Looking for love in all the wrong places, you’ve heard that before, I’m sure.

It has a strong ring of truth because it’s true:  love isn’t “out there” so looking anywhere but within, is the wrong place.  Love is within us and (ready?):  Not just within us, it is us!

How is it possible?  When there is so much uncertainty, bloody conflict and negativity going on around the world, how can one person make any kind of difference in the love vibration around the world?

What to do when a feeling of overwhelm washes over us?

Taking a news hiatus can help – but it’s not the only thing.  Being aware of the world around is important.  Any great prophet knew of the challenges facing people – Buddha was living sheltered life and it was seeing and witnessing the harsh conditions and suffering that prompted him to look inward.

Now is where love breathes” – Rumi

Jesus was not immune to the world in which he lived either, but both were able to provide a glimpse at love.  Heck there are so many great examples:  Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Junior, the Hugging Saint, Mr Rogers, Maya Angelou, Malala.

They all share a similar message: Love your enemy – and your biggest enemy really is fear.  Love your fear.  Love your life.  Embrace what you see and come from a place of love.

Mehtta meditation for loving kindness is such a great place to start.  Being by wishing love and appreciation to self along with a wish for a life of safety, health and love.

Second, ask for the same for a close friend, a stranger, and finally one who might be difficult.  It comes from a place that we all deserve to be loved, to be happy, to safe.

 

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And it can help with stress, help with sleep and contribute positively to our overall health.  Whoa, what’s not to love about love!

I take regular walks along the river near where I live.  Recently, I tried this exercise to “see” love.  As I approached a tree, I said“there’s a tree, there’s love.”

Then I saw a commuter on a fast bicycle:“there’s love.” I didn’t stop or miss a step, just said it as I passed different plants or people.

It might seem bizarre or simplistic, but it’s amazing how much it changed my outlook that day and any day that I remember to do it.

 

And, no one has to hear you say it!  It’s enough that it’s in your own mind.  Just in passing.  As you wander past anything or anyone on your path.  Try it.  It’s pretty cool.

For today, look inward and hug your ancient love soul – give yourself permission to fully love and to come from that place.  Be an encourager to someone else.

Oh, and if you are so inclined, set an alarm on your smart phone to remind you to see love.

 

Hugs,

Sheryl xo

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