Here in the West, when we think about love, we mostly think about emotional love. Emotional love is wonderful, but it’s centered on an interpersonal transaction; on having our love reflected back to us by someone else.
When we need emotional love to feel that we have love, though, we always need someone else in the equation. If we’re single, we’re afraid we’re never going to have any love. And if we’re with someone, we’re terrified of losing them. That’s because we see love as a need waiting to be met, rather than an innate quality ready to be shared.
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Ram Dass says, “From the ego’s vantage point you surrender to love. From the soul’s vantage point, you are coming home.” So you’re not thinking about loving; you just are love. And the awesome thing is, we’re all love! When we look at another being, we’re looking at love.
Love exists in all of us. It’s the core of our deepest self. In The Path to Tranquility, the Dalai Lama said, “The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.”
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