Love is simply discovering who you are in the presence of another.
“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh~
Relationships offer a fertile ground for spiritual practice. When in doubt as to the appropriate action or response, utilize the Celtic vows of friendship. Ask yourself, “Am I honoring his or her path as sacred?” Often we try to get others to adjust to our path. The key is to allow enough space for each person to thrive while offering love and support.
It’s important to be self-observant. Are you bringing an open heart to your interactions or do you keep protective measures in place? Relating to another is authentic when we feel safe and empowered; therefore, notice when you are closed down and tend to your inner state of consciousness prior to your interactions to ensure that you are clear and open.
Nothing is more important than your state of consciousness in the present moment. Zen calls upon us to reside in the Now without distraction. Practice doing one thing at a time with your full attention and you’ll discover that time slows and inner joy is awakened.
Today my intention is to be forgiving, nurturing and supportive to those who grace my life with their presence.