Teachers and gurus of many traditions all urge us to apply love in our daily lives. Without it we are, as St Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal“. It’s a brilliantly simple way to experience more love in our lives. Muktananda wrote, “In your ordinary life, learn to love. This love should be pure, unattached and given for its own sake. If it contains any demands, it is just a commercial exchange – the motions of love but not love itself.”
If the pursuit of the awareness of love is taken further, if for example we practice such awareness in ways consistent with our own chosen spiritual practice, then this love deepens. It becomes a pursuit in its own right. Gurumayi wrote: “Without the experience of inner love, without embracing God’s love, without the darshan of one’s own true nature, without the awareness of So’ham, “I am That“, a human being is like an empty container.”
So when we are aware of something missing inside us, and we do our own journeying and find that we need to cultivate more love in our lives in this unattached way, without neediness, dependency on another, expectation or the other manifestations of the ego around love, then we are moving towards cultivating something wholely precious, beautiful, utterly fulfilling. For when the ego really and truly gets out of the way, That is all there Is.
This weekend, perhaps you could spend some time meditating on your heart centre, in the awareness that there dwells love. Whether you feel it or not doesn’t matter. It is the intention and the practice that matters. It maybe that lots of stuff needs to be got out of the way first. But if one sets out with the intention to create more authentic, genuine love in one’s life, we steadily draw it to us. Consistency is needed, along with a willingness to face what comes up along the way. But the results are a treasure indeed.