Bastyr University | Mar 2013
We all experience moments of unconditional metta (lovingkindness) and love of members of our immediate family. The joy and pain of falling into the euphoria and romance of erotic love may be well known to you too. Then by adding a spiritual practice to your life, you will have been introduced to the possibility of a spiritual dimension to love. Learning to recognize the similarities and distinctions of the varieties of love is essential to successfully walking the householders’ path of liberation.
Learning to be open to all elements of our own experience of love, including those elements which cause difficulty and suffering.
As we keep looking, we see that many ideas about love are at play in our hearts and minds.
In a long term relationship there needs to be some sense of safety. How do we reconcile this with the necessity to be vulnerable to what is real and alive?
How can we prepare the mind to facilitate a loving relationship with each moment's experience?
Love is a conditioned experience. Realistically, in order to love we need insight into love's nature and the three characteristics it shares with all phenomena.