SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the author's notion of the force of love being the force of total revolution? Can you share a personal experience of a time you realized that you were a whole being, related to all of life in intimate, profound ways? What helps you experiment with the impossible?
I definitely have been working on this meditation of seeing myself stretch and connect to the core of the earth and connect in a grounding way, I was encouraged to stay in my body and this really resonated with my desires - to grow and develop in new ways, as I am already open and willing to access my ability to be conscious and this ties in to the most recent awakin on week 8/8 and 8/15 of the small and the unknown to be a whole. Thank you!
The love that is the force of total revolution is the awareness and realization that we are one -- one with one another and with all that is -- and that what we do to any being, living and not living, and to this planet that we are part of we do to ourselves. With such love we live in I-Thou rather than us-and-them, we live in compassion rather than indifference or worse, we live in cooperation rather than competition, we live in peace rather than war. My realization that I am intimately and profoundly related to all that is began long ago and deepened as I discovered wisdom of the Far East and particularly wisdom of the Vedanta tradition. I don't know what is impossible. I know that what is possible is much greater than what we think is possible. Our capacity is much greater than our thinking.
I've been wanting to write something pertaining to the state of the political environment and how destructive it is, but the bottom line sums it up in this article-love needs to arise. We see ourselves and everything else from a position of separation, a dualistic thinking. If only we saw the divinity in each other starting with ourselves. Thank you Vimala for this beautiful piece!
The force of love = the force of total revolution because it opens our eyes to our interconnectedness and how truly, as humans and beings, we are all one. I have felt this in waves and in glimmers many times, a feeling of complete compassion, love, joy all wrapped together envelope me and I feel light and nearly to bursting. Recently I felt this at a Compassionate Listening training, the 14 of us had shared many vulnerable stories of experienced conflict, hearts and minds were open and I felt this sense of being utterly connected to each person in the room. I have felt this with animals too. I am not sure what helps experiment with the impossible, other than having so many experiences over my nearly 50 years on the planet, that anything is possible. <3
Vimalatai's writing deeply resonates in my heart. Love gives birth to life, nourishes life and connects us with life in all forms. Such love is expressed in compassion for others, in kind and generous acts, wiping the tears of others, feeding the hungry and providing shelter. Sadly, the world created by the Divine hands has been converted into fighting zones, us against you, exploitation and destruction. We have been polluting air, water, food and sky-the sources of life- for our self-serving, profit making ends.These are signs and symptoms of the misuse of intelligence , energy and knowledge.
Total love is needed to bring total revolution. We need to awaken ourselves and others as a humanity from this misery creating slumber. We need to have a balance between being and doing. If our doing is without the being consciousness -compassion, consideration and concerns for the life of others, our actions are going to be destructive, hurting us and others. Tooth for tooth, eye for eye or fire for fire is the mindset of destruction. We need to learn to relate to others not as objects to meet our self-centered needs but as an extension of our selves- from me to we.
We have been blessed to to have people in our lives as models who have reached out and have lovingly touched the lives of others to lift them up. The world is still surviving because of their selfless love and service. In order to create, sustain and flourish such love revolutions, we all have to be a part of it. As the saying goes, charity begins at home but does not end it there. What can we do as parents, neighbors, teachers, students, politicians, social workers, corporate leaders, workers and religious leaders to create an inner environment that is rooted in unconditional love and compassion. This is real spiritual work
I have learned how to create an inner environment for planting and nurturing the seeds of love, peace and service. This is my everyday spiritual practice which brings joy and fulfillment in my life. I share my awakening with school children at my daughter's Montessori school by teaching Mindfulness and Peace Education and Mindfulness Parenting. Work is my service and it brings great joy and happiness to me. I am sure there are many such awakened people who are doing such badly needed work. Our community religious centers and educational institutions need to face and embrace this great universal challenge.
May we wake up, see the light and play our vital role in creating and participating the Total Revolution of Love.