Day 4: Find the Love Within

When I woke up this morning, I felt some anxiety creep up again around not having the technology to be “plugged in” and get some of my important internet tasks completed. So, I randomly picked up a book on the bedside table and began flipping through the pages. It is called Love for No Reason by Marci Shimoff. I quickly become adsorbed in the familiar concept of unconditional love. I am inspired by the idea that we each have all the love we could even need, right inside of us..and all we actually need is LOVE. I am reminded of the simplicity of this, though it seems to require consistent consciousness and intention to maintain. Most of the time we love for a reason, because we forget about the eternal source of love that is always flowing within us. Instead we seek for love externally, from our relationships, belongings and circumstances. If we allow ourselves to be filled with the love within, the external factors will also become full of love and gratitude.

After I spent some time reading this book, I found it very easy to complete the chapter of homework that I had set out to do. The sun shone through the windows, beckoning me to go outside like I had promised I would do today. The mild air, filled with light and the scent of the ocean, made it easy for me to walk out the door in a present state. I was already moving, through the heart, towards the seaside. I felt complete and at ease. A couple of gorgeous Harlequin ducks bobbed at the ocean shore line, along side a seagull.

I asked permission to be there (in my traditional way) and then asked the question “what do I need, right here, right now?” I was spoken to so clearly by he sight of the ducks’ interactions, the sun and breeze kissing my cheeks, the sound of waves lapping at the shore, and the feeling deep within my heart. I was flooded with the memory of a meditation I learned many years ago from a booked called Fit Soul, Fit Body by Brent Secunda and Mark Allen.  It is a meditation that works around the four-directions to fill yourself with four key-strengths: Love (from the bright rising sun in the East), Intelligence (from the innately wise eagle in the South), Intuition (from the vast flowing ocean in the West) and Physical (from the brilliantly balanced mountains in the North). As I ended this meditation, while facing the mountains in the north, I felt strong and rooted amidst the elements- just like those snow capped statues in front of me. I also realized that if I crumble, I will still be made of all the integral pieces- just like the beautiful rocks on the beach. These rocks are inside my pockets, in the memories of my experiences, within my innate wisdom and flowing love, and held by the amazing people in my life. This is my being; this is my home.

My reading, nature connection and meditations today filled me with so much energy from all directions. My heart was, and still is, overflowing with reasonless love. On the way back from my walk, I picked up a shell…it was much like a rock. The main difference is that the shell has space in it to protect and be a home for another being. In sacrifice, this hollowness makes it more vulnerable than a solid rock. This vulnerability allows it to serve a higher purpose. I feel gratitude for the things and people in my life that give vulnerability to serve others, the earth and life itself. I feel gratitude for my own vulnerabilities. The mirrors that can be found in nature bring me to a deeper sense of connectedness.

Finding my reflection, as the sun sets, in the Salar de Uyuni.

Photo taken by Adam Patterson, Dec. 200.

With Love comes happiness, and health, on a physiological, mental and social level. The best part is, we don’t need to seek it from a person, place, or thing- it comes from inside YOU and ME- US! My passion and calling is “heart work,” so I have a treasure box of ways to help others find their limitless love inside their hearts. I would love to share my heart, overflowing with love, with all beings…for absolutely no reason at all!

3 Responses to Day 4: Find the Love Within

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