The primary spiritual challenge is not just to love but to allow love to be the foundation of our lives: the ground of our being, the place of forgiveness and gratitude, delight and awe, and ceaseless source of hope. When a religious teaching leaves out love, it ceases to be religious. Where a spiritual teaching sentimentalized love, it ceases to be spiritual.
In our own lives, “little, lovely, silent acts of love,” whether we are giving or receiving them, are life-giving and even transformative. Transcending the categories of kindness, compassion and even beauty, these acts of love offer us glimpses of the sacred that are highly stabilizing. Whatever our outer circumstances they allow us to remember: “I am part of something wondrous. My life has value.”
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The New Spirituality: Ecstasy, Responsibility & Love
Written by Stephanie Dowrick.
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