Dharma Talk

Fundamentals of the Dharma: Love

Love throws many of us off a little. Some of us would like our path free of tenderness and caring because love involves a part of us that is not logical or rational. Love puts the world together in a way that can’t be calculated or reasoned. The mind wants everything organized and direct, nothing cloudy or confused, but the spiritual journey is intuitive and not mentally derived. At some point we must leave the crisp edges and clear surfaces of the mind and move into the wonders and mysteries of the heart, and love is the path that does just that.


For Your Contemplation

Establish the intention to use the phrase “Is there love for this too?” this week when difficulties arise within and outside of formal practice. Allow the phrase to open your heart beyond the immediate reactive response. You will have to release yourself totally to fully let go and give in to love’s weight and force. It will reveal the emptiness of self if you allow it. It can be helpful to pause while you are inviting this new perspective. The pause will provide the necessary gap between the contracted reactivity and the open space of love. Notice that love demands everything from us. Reflect on how much are we willing to meet it.