Love until all we are is love…

If we are to reach real people in this world… we shall go from love to love and peace to peace until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering. — Gandhi

Is the whole world simply longing for peace and love? How do we go about covering the world with peace and love? Should it start with each individual? If each person had a strong sense of love and peace in the world within them than surely this, in turn, would create a different world around them.

Let’s start small big with you and me. Let’s do something to claim our peace and love today. Things we can do:

1. Read inspiring quotes like this one:

My love, he is here inside. He does not leave, He doesn’t need to arrive. — Mirabai.

Know that you never have to go far to feel love. All you have to do is go within.

2-6. Sing. Dance. Sweat. Laugh. Be creative.

7. Write:

I want a peace poem to exist within the spaces between our breath. I want our love to merge into a living breathing artform and our insides to vibrate sonnet-like love. I want to love until all we are is love…

I want to tag the moon and have it play chase with me all night. Imagine what the moon must feel like: majestic velvet expansiveness.  I want to be that. I want to lean into the moon, the trees, the beauty surrounding me and find out their secret. How are you happy? Why are you glowing when there is so much loss all around you and embedding you? Maybe they would whisper back, it’s simple, my love. Let go and love.


 

8. Release something holding you back: judgments, fears, emotions, the past.

I’ve learned that even when I feel sad, I don’t have to become sad.

Honor who you are in each moment. Be aware of how you feel but know that your emotions, fears, and judgments are not you. Emotions are meant to fluctuate and change. Observe them, recognize them, validate them, and then let them go. Meditation is the best tool to use to develop this process of awareness and surrendering.

If you would like to learn more about this, check out an enlightening article by Sally Kempton about letting go of sadness.

9. Pay yourself compliments often. Treat yourself to something you love whether that’s silence, a sports game, music, dessert, company, nature… Reward yourself every day with little things for the little things are in actuality the big things.

10. Practice Yoga. To truly embrace love, we need to know that sometimes, most of the time actually, our heart needs to lead the way. We need to trust that our heart is strong enough to stay open in the face of love as well as the opposites of love. You cannot protect yourself from fear/rejection/hate/abandonment without protecting yourself from love too. We think we’re safer by closing up when, in reality, the more open we are, the less we suffer. That is because being open indicates the practice of letting go and letting go is love.

If I’m feeling blocked and want to create the space to open up a part of me that is closed, I’ll come onto my mat and come into either a supported setu bandha sarvanagasana/bridge pose (block under my sacrum) or a supported matsyasana/fish pose (block long ways between my shoulder blades and another block under the bottom of my head; option: not to have the block under the head if no neck issues) and breathe through the space where I feel closed. A mantra you can use is a beautiful one I saw on @GaneshBaba’s twitter page: “Breathe in abundance; breathe out surrender.”

11. Help others.

–lissa

top photo: by ilsebatten.

bottom photo by risquillo.

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10 responses to “Love until all we are is love…

  • Elizabeth

    Especially love #8. Beautiful post, friend.

  • Anna Guest-Jelley

    “I want a peace poem to exist within the spaces between our breath.” So lovely!

  • MegP4

    Beautiful! Yes, let’s go big. I’m in! I especially want to do more #11.

  • Thais

    your blog posts are always so beautiful. like bathing in a pool of love. thank you for lifting my heart with every word you type <3

  • Terra

    One word, beautiful! Thank you for this:-) I am noticing on this yoga journey, I really need to work on me with peace and love. I grew up around so much negative. My husband and I still today find areas where I hold that negative energy. I am thankful everyday for my husband, but now also thankful for yoga/meditation and all the wonderful yoga friends. I will let go of this negative, and hold only peace and love someday:-)
    Om Shanti. Shanti Shanti
    Namaste
    Terra

  • keishua

    This is great. I love what you say about honoring who you are in the moment. When it comes to negative emotions I tend to want to escape them because I am scared I will be overwhelmed by them but it’s true you can honor it and not become it. Love that.

  • Maria @downwarddog

    I’m going to focus on one of these each day this week. Today I will multitask and work on #2-6 – sing, dance, sweat laugh, be creative – should be an awesome day!
    Thanks for this beautiful message Lisa – you rock!

  • Tara SG

    “Pay yourself compliments often.”

    This is probably the hardest one for me, and therefore the one I’ll focus on today :)

  • Ophelia

    wonderful thinking, i feel each person can begin
    by doing something for someone each day – just make
    a conscious decision –

    yep, yoga is all about loving yourself, especially
    the cleansing breath – eliminating negativity and
    opening up oneself to giving and receiving love.

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