Peace only comes when you include all people in your tribe. It can be a challenge, but let’s consider it our spiritual assignment to love each other when we’re tempted to do anything but.
“A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it… In this way our life should be understood. Then there is no problem.” – Shunryu Suzuki
Loving is closely tied to knowing, and so it’s easier for us to love each other when we know each other. Therefore, it might be necessary to want to know more people, to understand them, to learn more about their struggles and triumphs and the source of their points of view.
Loving each other means to see all of our faults, but to look beyond the imperfections and differences, to focus on our similarities and to try to understand instead of judge. You can still love people even if they don’t believe in the same things you believe in or behave the same way you behave.
We must keep choosing to love each other even when we struggle to like one another. We must work through our problems instead of circumventing them, blaming them on each other, giving up on each other, or using them to further our collective suffering.
Our Spiritual Assignment Today: Love Each Other
“In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience.” – Paulo Coelho
If we are to love each other today, it might mean that we offer a smile instead of keeping our heads down while we pass on the street. As Mother Teresa said, “… the smile is the beginning of love.” Or loving could be a kind act of generosity to someone who is having trouble helping themselves.
Love teaches peace. Love teaches joy. Love grows when given. Not only do we need to love more people, we need to love people more. And not just that–we need to love better, on purpose, with fewer conditions standing in our way. Even a small show of genuine care (like committing an act of kindness without wanting anything in return) inspires great love.
Love shows up in a multitude of ways. There is no shortage of hosts for love. You can be a vessel for love and a beacon of light every day. Here are some examples of how you might spread love when it’s not easy:
- Going into a situation with a forgiving approach (forgiveness isn’t just an act after the fact).
- Choosing to be happy instead of needing to be right.
- Recognizing that peace begins with you.
- Accepting someone who is different than you think they should be.
- Looking beyond their imperfections, as if the light is all that matters.
- Giving up labels and past hurts, and treating someone as if it’s the first time you’ve met.
- Appreciating someone for what they’re here to teach you, even if it’s a hard lesson.
When you’re faced with a difficult situation, one where it would be easier to be rude, silent, judgmental, or frustrated, consider this question: “Who do I want to be in this situation?” Sincerely, deep down, find that light inside you and let it burn out the pain of this moment or circumstance. Who do you want to be?
If we adopt a spiritual perspective, we’ll learn that what we see in others is a mirror for us. How we treat others is a reflection not of who they are, but of who we are. We teach with every step and choice: we teach peace or discord, we teach others how to treat us, we teach through the vehicles of love or fear. Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back; what you teach, you learn; what you see in others exists in you.
What we see in others that we’re tempted to reject is a reflection of some disowned part of our shadow. It’s a call for us to love each other.
- Are you willing to accept and understand before you judge?
- Are you willing to enter the room with a forgiving approach first?
- How can you love someone better today?
- What can you learn from others?
- Who do you want to be today?
Share this post with someone, anyone, who you love and/or want to understand better, who might appreciate this loving perspective, or who is worthy of more love in their life.
Be the love and spread the light of love today.
Free botanical clip art by Angie Makes; lettering by Aim Happy.