Love Is All Around

Recognizing the unconditional love in our lives. Includes two guided meditations.

John Makransky

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jackelope65's picture

We evolved to notice the negative when we were wild beasts in the jungles ourselves, constantly threatened. However, our brains are neurologically plastic which means, as you suggest John, that we can change and appreciate all of the Lovingkindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy which we have received throughout our lives. Thank you John for this beautifully described reminder.

junechun's picture

Selampert's comment is so strikingly inspiring. I think it's same as Thich Nhat Hahn's teaching about
watering the good seed in our heart, but WOW it hit me good.:)

selampert's picture

Beautifully written! "Being in a heart space simply means you are allowing one of the qualities of the heart (or heart energy) to be present in you. All the qualities of the heart are available to you, but not all are claimed. For instance, Patience is a quality of the heart that is often times claimed by mothers. To be a good friend you need to claim such heart qualities as Kindness, Gentleness, Clarity, and sometimes you may even need Strength. The list of heart qualities is almost endless.

The purpose of our life here on earth is to claim these heart energies as our own. They are our birthright, our gifts from God. Once we claim them, we can empower them through expression." Jackie Woods, Columbus NC.

mgarvey2003's picture

These are wonderful meditations, but although I know there has been and is much love in my life, I can't feel it at this time.

johnmcclaf's picture

For those who struggle feeling love for everybody, an excellent first step is courtesy, respect and acts of kindness for strangers. If this becomes a daily objective for enough people the world will become a better place.

terrawi's picture

A timeless teaching for a hurting world!
Though I've not yet read John Makransky's book, I expect that as the true and good Buddhist he is, he also teaches that at the very same moment we're opening to receive love, we're sending it right back out with a heart-felt wish that it may be a blessing for all sentient beings.
May it be so!

mralexander99's picture

Me too.......goosebumps - tingling.....this pithy display of metta is revolutionary...like the Beatles...it is contagious and delicious .......how wonderful to receive such a delightful and thoroughly deep teaching.... A thousand kisses deep and 3 deep bows.....

robertomainetti's picture

than you so much...sathu sathu

cobham's picture

: ) Gives me goosebumps!