“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”— Rumi, Sufi mystic, poet (1207-1273)
Rumi is saying that we don’t have to seek for love because we already have love. It’s already us. We are love. We are the created. What could be more loving than that? We are magnificent miracles of love.
So why is it that we don’t value ourselves as magnificent miracles of love? Why is it that we don’t value nature as a precious miracle of love? Personally, I know I spent many years not appreciating the miracle of nature or myself.
For me, some of the barriers are ignorance, fear, worry, anxiety, drama, incessant thinking, doubt and self-absorption. These are the blocks to the infinite ocean of love waiting patiently for me to discover so that it may pour forth its healing light of transformation.
Here is a video by Kute Blackson that explains the miracle is YOU. Is there a better reason than this for us to begin to honour ourselves and others as love beings capable of so much more than we display?
So, listen to the music of love deep inside and feel the aliveness of your inner body.
- Get into a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down and close your eyes if you want.
- Bring your attention into your body feeling the inflow and outflow of your breath.
- Feel the surface of the skin on your thighs, knees, calves, ankles, feet and toes.
- Do the same with your shoulders, arms and hands.
- Notice any sensations and bring your attention into the sensation.
- Go deeper into your body to feel your soft tissue and bones.
- Just relax and feel the sensations for as long as you want.
- If you find yourself thinking a stream of thoughts, gently guide your attention back into your body and repeat as many times as necessary.
- Stop when you want to stop.
- Try to do the exercise every day. You can even do the exercise throughout the day as often as you like while sitting or standing.
Practice the exercise for at least thirty days and notice what changes in your life.
Suggestion for contemplation: What prevents you from hearing love’s call? What deprives you from sensing love’s stirring?