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It’s Time To Stretch Your Soul
The grand, beautiful paradox of this special, sacred time of year is that it pulls for the best in us — while giving us opportunities to be at our worst. The result can be something beautiful: Unconditional love.
The holidays put us in a state of generosity, and bring us back to the touchstone of faith and meaning. Ramping up to the New Year makes us think about who we want to become in the future. This time of year also provides us with unique stressors and potentially challenging relational moments. All of which conspire together to make this the perfect time of year to cultivate the practice of unconditional love.
In the near future, you will likely have magical, meaningful moments with cherished friends and family. If you’re like most people, some of these experiences will also be disappointing, annoying, frustrating, or even hurtful. All of these are cross-roads moments where you can choose judgment or empathy; contempt or compassion; anger or acceptance; grudge-holding or forgiveness.
It’s easy to love when your ego is stroked, when you feel gratified, and when you’re awash in pleasurable “loving” feelings. But the heart of every great religion teaches us that our purpose here is something else: To love when it’s hard.
Here’s what I’ve learned over the years about the transformational power of love, and some simple strategies you can use to cultivate unconditional love, tolerance and acceptance in your life — both through the holiday season, and in the new year ahead.
May peace and love be with you in 2018.
Cultivating Unconditional Love
Music Credits: The Kronos Quartet, Black Angels: “Spem in Alium”
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