23/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #24

When we surrender to the energy of Love, we let go and let ourself be lived by it...

Connecting to Love: Day 24 ~ Surrender to Love


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James McGreevey says "To be able to love and live in freedom means to be able to make godly decisions. To make godly decisions we have to surrender our egos and all the falsity and shame that goes with it."
In "The Witch of Portobello" Paulo Coelho says "Surrendering completely to love, be it human or divine, means giving up everything, including our own well-being or our ability to make decisions. It means loving in the deepest sense of the word. The truth is that we don't want to be saved in the way God has chosen; we want to keep absolute control over our every step, to be fully conscious of our decisions, to be capable of choosing the object of our devotion".

You can learn how to surrender to love with this passage of the Holy Bible (Corinthians 13) - "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away".


Surrendering to love creates only easy, positive and joyful circumstances in your life, yet this path is not for wimps, it takes tremendous courage, focus and patience to trust it. By consciously surrendering to the most loving feeling you can fathom, there is nothing that can harm or threaten you in any way.
To surrender to love, you will need to pay attention to any of your own emotions, moods, or thoughts that might lead you to act in less than loving ways. 
Love your feelings, listen to them, feel them, and then lift them into your heart to be transformed into love.
Trusting love is surrendering to it, and understanding that the juiciest love is when it is beyond your control. Love is the energy that illuminates the consciousness of the one who is “in control” of your life.

According Deepak Chopra «Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love can heal. Love can create abundance. Love is the path to living an inspired life. Love shows up in what we do for others. Love forgives faults and imperfections. Love says "You can do it. Let me tell you how amazing you are.” Love allows for differences of opinions. Love sees what’s great and recognizes what we have in common. Love listens. Love inspires. Love is who we really are. Choose love! »

Love is the interconnected force of the universe that unites us. Only when you surrender to love are you truly alive. Only through love are you able to see who you truly are and why you are here. Remember that by accepting the love that is given to you, you are not only doing something good for yourself, but you are giving a gift to the person who offered the love to you. The only thing better than getting love from somebody, is watching somebody receive and delight in the love you give back.
Surrender to love, and respond to those around you with kindness. Recall several times when you have done this, and how good you felt about yourself afterward...

DAILY QUOTE:

"All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling"
 ~ Blaise Pascal


ACTION:
Practice surrendering: Each and every day, sit for three minutes and practice letting go of the fears that you have individually and collectively (Fear of not being good enough, not doing enough,...) and practice surrendering to love.

You can practice with others feelings, emotions, moods, or thoughts  you have.

Make a deep and smooth breath, close your eyes, focus in your heart area. Recognize that a burning, indestructible core of life lives within you - the Light of Love. Let this Light of Love flow in and fill you. Allow love to flow through you and then let it flow out from you with your own special essence ... enjoy the moment... continue in this state for the time you want. Slowly open your eyes. Be grateful for the experience.

Write in a daily journal the affirmations:
"Surrender is the fulfilment of Love"

"When love is present, joy is gloriously within reach"



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DAY 23 «CONNECTING TO LOVE »DAY 25

22/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #23

Why do we mortals wonder if it is through 'human chaos' or through 'divine perfection' when the world guides us to some magical event? In either case, is not the result the same? Is the result not 'divine perfection?” ~ Roman Payne 

Connecting to Love: Day 23 ~ Love is Perfection


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We must first define what mean by the term "perfection" - "perfection" and "perfect" come from the Latin verb "perficere" which means "to make completely or to bring to completion" - that is perfect which is complete or finished. For the theology christian - God’s essence is existence, "I am who am". The philosophers interpret this by saying that God is Pure Act and contains in Himself all possible perfections. More than that, He is the source of all perfections; it is only because of God’s perfection that we can attribute perfection to any creature.
From the moment of baptism, every Christian is called to be holy and to strive for the perfection of charity. Therefore, the love that is the bond of this relationship and communication of friendship is the love that is charity.
The friendship love that is charity is not only a virtue - it is the most excellent of all the virtues, as St. Paul says: "So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Cor 13:13). There can be no perfect Christian virtue without charity.
Charity is love, and love is the source of all our actions.
The basic principle is that pure love is born only from the sacrifice of the entire self in all things; voluntary sacrifice and suffering are its essence. The loving soul is able to put all its love into acts that call for sacrifice. Herein lies the very perfection of love.
The process of the perfecting an individual starts from love and matures centering on love.
The perfection of an individual means the unification of mind and body.
A human being can unite his mind and body when he becomes one with the core of God's love. When a person unites his mind and body and enters the realm of God's love, then the person can grow towards individual perfection.


The universe is perfect, the perfection of the universe is such that there's complementarity in all aspects, both in love and need. The love we need always comes to us, but it is up to us to discover it, accept it and nourish it.
Everything is created and sustained based upon the law of love. Everything in existence reaches its completion only through relationships of love.
The human being can become perfect only through love.
The essence of the perfection is unconditional love, a boundless and openness of heart and mind, a selfless giving that is free from attachment and expectation.
Love knows ways that consciousness doesn't recognize, and it's in this process that consciousness can see its purpose. In love, the spirit awakes  and in this path will allow the conscience of the soul to see its purpose.
We engage wholeheartedly offering our love, compassion, time, energy and resources to servethe highest welfare of all beings.
The real perfection of this enlightened quality of heart, which is the very essence of our true nature, is the pure motivation of genuine concern for others.

We should redouble our efforts at perfecting love, justice, and beauty right here and right now because this is our only chance. The best thing we can do with our lives is reach out and connect to others. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of satisfaction and pride that comes from making someone else happy.

DAILY QUOTE:

“I believe that the measure of my soul is my capacity to love imperfect people.” 



~ Joseph Grenny

ACTION:

Reflect some minutes about the meaning of "Love is Perfection".

Focus in the words of the daily quote of today.

Make a deep and smooth breath, close your eyes, focus in your heart area, remember or imagine you are in a beautiful place, full of an intense  and shining golden light... your body, your mind, everything in you becomes this light... feel the perfection, feel that this is your nature ... enjoy the moment... continue in this state for the time you want. Slowly open your eyes. Be grateful for the experience.

Write in a daily journal the Daily Quote of today.
Make the affirmation:
I can find love perfection when I give with  no expectations".

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DAY 22 «  CONNECTING TO LOVE  »  DAY 24

21/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #22

By habit we believe and we judged what we see, forgetting that not everything is what it seems. See, feel the soul is something we should encourage in our lives, just so we can bring down the beliefs and vibrational patterns, thereby raising our consciousness.


Connecting to Love: Day 22 ~ Loving our Soul 

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The "soul" is the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

The soul, in many religious, philosophical and mythological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a living thing. According to most of the Abrahamic religions, immortal souls belong only to human beings.

Many cultures have recognized some incorporeal principle of human life or existence corresponding to the soul, and many have attributed souls to all living things. 
In theology, the soul is further defined as that part of the individual which partakes of divinity and often is considered to survive the death of the body.
Plato considered the psyche to be the essence of a person, being that which decides how we behave. He considered this essence to be an incorporeal, eternal occupant of our being.
Socrates says that even after death, the soul exists and is able to think. He believed that as bodies die, the soul is continually reborn in subsequent bodies and Plato believed this as well; however, he thought that only one part of the soul was immortal (logos).
Kant identified the soul as the "I" in the strictest sense, and that the existence of inner experience can neither be proved nor disproved. "We cannot prove a priori the immateriality of the soul, but rather only so much: that all properties and actions of the soul cannot be cognized from materiality". It is from the "I", or soul, that Kant proposes transcendental rationalization, but cautions that such rationalization can only determine the limits of knowledge if it is to remain practical.

Michael Jackson says "Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation".

We need to regenerate love through our soul with total annihilation of our false pride, foolish ego, insatiable lust, unending greed and foolish ideas of winning and conquering leading to selfishness. 

We must recycle our soul, start afresh and wash our soul with oxygen of introspection, compassion and pure stream of humility. 
Love increases within from a stainless, pure heart, faith and trust. 
As you allow yourself to open to the loving consciousness of your soul, life becomes more flowing. Your priorities change, your life becomes easier in many ways, you have more joy and lightness in your life. You feel more confident because you know that you are one with the source of all life and will always have all you need.
The human soul is the only truly supra-natural being, aside from the Creator, a being that is not limited by its own nature.
According Swami Vivekananda "You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul".Love is the essence of your Soul. It is the driving force for survival and happiness.
When you are loving your soul you realize you love and accept yourself deeply and completely, you are forgiving of others and you are more easily able to accept people as they are, faults and all.
Learn to listen to your soul when it speaks to you, trust in it and act on the advice it gives to you. By knowing your Soul, you know the true love. 
When all other ways fail, the way of the sacred heart of divine love will radiate and fulfill all human needs and desires. To know this love, one must know the true nature of their soul. Its eternal and ever present existence is the key to awakening, liberation and freedom.Remember, your soul is a source of unconditional love, courage and strength, wisdom, and happiness and joy.

DAILY QUOTE:
"Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing"  ~ Torquato Tasso


ACTION:

Build a better relationship with your soul through stillness, meditation, spending time in nature, soul or journal writing, being open-hearted and authentic, and doing more things that you love.

During your moments of quiet focus on compassion, patience, kindness, gratitude or any thought that appeals to you - Simply open your heart, live in the moment and feel your soul...
Give thanks yourself by: be love, give love, receive love and emanate love from the depths of your brilliant soul.

Write in a daily journal the affirmations:
"I know my Soul, I know the true Love"
"To Love Myself is to Love my Soul"

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DAY 21 «  CONNECTING TO LOVE  »  DAY 23

20/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #21

Feeling satisfied and fulfilled with your life is an essential part of your emotional and physical well-being. 

Connecting to Love: Day 21 ~ Loving our Life



Many of us have been brainwashed into believing society's definition of success - lots of money, a good job, a perfect family, a big home and a beautiful body. This might work for some people, but all too often we are left feeling dissatisfied, restless and sad. We are not all equal and we shouldn't want to. Life are hard and unfair. Life is full of peaks and valleys and you learn more during the challenging times. When you are in a valley, you might not see the value of it, but later, when you look back, you will realize that you have learned a great deal. We usually to think that life happens and we have no control over it. 
Do not take your good fortune for granted.

George Bernard Shaw says People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them”. 

Don't define yourself in such narrow terms as your work, your body, your house, your kids, or your relationships. You do not have to justify your life with a big list of accomplishments. 
Excuses and blaming people - we all make them. Excuses for why you couldn’t do this or that, why you wasn’t good enough, why your life wasn’t what you wished it was, why your financial situation wasn’t the best, why you was upset at someone. You blamed everything and everyone for why you couldn’t do this or have that, why you felt a certain way, why you wasn't fulfilled or happy. 
When we continue to make excuses and blame others, we are actually giving our power away. We are telling ourselves that we have no control over our behaviors, our decisions, our lives, and our feelings. That is not true - when we blame others for what we’re going through, we avoid responsibility and perpetuate the problem.
We make them for everything all the time without even realizing it, pointing the finger at someone or something else, anything or anyone but ourselves.
Excuses hold us back from being the best we can be, from being honest with ourselves and living authentic lives.
Nothing was your fault or your responsibility. This was hard to see and even harder to finally admit.
You may not think you make excuses or pass blame. 
Start taking a look at yourself. Pay attention to your choices, your decisions, and your reasons for doing (or not doing) certain things. You might be surprised to find just how many excuses you make on a day-to-day basis.
Being honest with ourselves isn’t easy. It’s hard to take the finger we have been pointing at everyone else and turn it around to ourselves.
It’s not easy to start looking at the parts of ourselves we aren’t proud of. It’s not easy to admit how often we do these things. It’s hard to take ownership of our mistakes and problems. It doesn’t mean you did anything wrong, you are always doing the best you can. Love and accept these parts of you.
Once we gain awareness of things we want to change about ourselves, we can start taking full responsibility for our lives instead of making excuses and blaming other people.

We can educate ourselves by opening our mind and heart every day to discover new insights, new people, new viewpoints, and new ways to understand what’s happening around and within us. 
Everything you experience and everyone you meet teaches you something or holds a lesson for you.
There’s nothing more exhilarating, energising and rewarding than rocking your life: your career, your relationships, your finances, your health, your spirituality.  
According Robin Sharma "Take the time to reflect on what it is that might be keeping you from the life you really want and know deep down you can have. Once you have identified what your weaknesses are, the next step is to face them head on and attack you fears. If you fear public speaking, sign up to give twenty speeches. If you fear starting a new business or getting out of a dissatisfying relationship, muster every ounce of your inner resolve and do it. This might be the first taste of real freedom that you have experienced in years. Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness".  
Take some time to figure out what you really want out of life and then develop a strategy to achieve it. 
As you grow to appreciate your time, independence, self-assurance, skills, and relationships, you will be amazed at just how good you feel, both in body and in spirit.
Your life is about expanding your awareness, expanding your vision of yourself and your life. 
By trusting Divine Intelligence to help us experience life in the way that’s best for us, we empower ourselves to find our own path to fulfillment and to enjoy everything that life has to offer.
The only way we can truly be happy is to realize that our thoughts, emotions, actions, and decisions are our responsibility and no one else’s.
Falling back in love with your life requires a little determination and reflection, but mostly it’s about letting go and just tuning in.
You must learn that the only person responsible for your happiness and life is you. Taking responsibility for your life force you to actually start living it and loving your life.
Loving yourself is the foundation for living a fully self-actualised life. When you start practicing being honest with yourself about your choices and your life, you realize that you are in control of your own happiness and start to really enjoy your life.

Remember that being alive is a great gift. Each day is an opportunity to embrace a new challenge or appreciate the little things that make you smile. Learn to see what is precious around you each day and start to live with vitality and purpose. 

DAILY QUOTE:

"We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving" ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 

ACTION:
Ask yourself "Do I love myself enough to live in the moment, to forget the past, not worry about the future, but to be truly present to the opportunity within every moment?
Forgive yourself for not being perfect. Be kind of yourself.
Take some time to figure out what you really want out of life and then develop a strategy to achieve it.
Be grateful for the Life you have right now and say “thank you” in advance.

Write in a daily journal a list of what you want for your life. Write the affirmations:
"I'm honest with myself, my choices and my life"
"I Love myself and my Life"

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DAY 20 «  CONNECTING TO LOVE  »  DAY 22

19/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #20

How much time are you spending each day worrying about your weight, your body shape? What could you be doing during that time?
Your body is the one thing you have your whole life - It is yours, it is beautiful and it depends on you to treat it right.

Connecting to Love: Day 20 ~ Loving our Body


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There are millions of microscopic functions that go on in our bodies every day, and you don’t even have to think about them, they just happen. Unfortunately, it often takes a crisis or a tragedy, such as a brush with death, a go-around with a disease, or a debilitating accident for some persons to realize that their bodies weren’t so bad to begin with and that their body hang-ups were a big waste of time. Don’t let that be the case with you.
According Steve Maraboli, “By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!”.
Diets, pills, quick-fixes, not exercising or over-exercising, all these things disrespect one of the greatest gifts you have been given - your body. You can reframe the way you look at diet and exercise as something wonderful you do for yourself, rather than a way to punish your unhealthy choices.
No matter how close-to-perfection body you have, there is something you would change about it if you could. Rather than pick your body apart, look at your body as a whole. You have a body but you are not of this body.

You want to feel so refreshed, energized, confident and beautiful, nothing will stop you - Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and loving your body.
Taking a new attitude toward your diet, increases your awareness of how good health affects you, and that choice built upon itself daily.
Treat yourself with the utmost respect, and you will want to give your body the healthy choices that it deserves and needs to function in the best way possible. Feed your body nourishing food so that you always feel great, and remove the worries of disease and poor health (healthy meals it’s also essential to nourish your heart and feed your mind with positivity). 

Choose to believe that you are worth taking care of and that you have the right to be respected and treated with dignity.
Stop obsessing over external appearances and obtaining an ideal body, and instead focus on the way being healthy makes you feel and what it gives you.
It may take some time to believe it, but in time you will re-train your thought process to be more positive. 
Learn to release negative thoughts about your body and to focus on the good that it brings you every single day. Learn to love yourself by catching and releasing negative thoughts, acknowledging your efforts and achievements, making positive daily affirmations, and seeing perfection in your “imperfections.”
Ironically enough, focusing on loving and caring for yourself first will most likely lead to the external transformation that you’ve always wanted. Once you begin to treat yourself with the respect and care that you deserve, the habits needed for physical transformation develop naturally.

Our subconscious mind hears the self-talk and responds to it in a similar way, so make sure your self-talk is loving, supportive, nurturing, and forgiving.
You’ll want to nourish your body because you are grateful for it, so healthy choices will come with ease, so let’s start putting our attention on loving our bodies from the inside out.
When you’re thinking loving thoughts and choosing only to have a conversation of love, your body will become more beautiful to you, and not because of what it looks like but for what it can do, as a vessel through which you express love. The more you think with love, love is all you see.

Remember this: you only get one body per lifetime, so give it the respect it deserves - Take care of your body...

DAILY QUOTE:
“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. 
Treat it with care” 
~ Buddha


ACTION:
When a negative thought about yourself enters your head, take a deep breath, release it, and repeat your positive affirmation in its place.

Treat yourself the way you would treat someone you love. Focus on health and feel well. Stay positive and be grateful. 

Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day, saying to yourself and your body "I am beautiful just the way I am".

Every evening when you go to bed, tell your body how much you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.

Keep a daily list of 10 positive things about yourself - without mentioning your appearance.

Look in the mirror everyday and repeat the phrase “I am deserving and worthy of all good things, and accept myself unconditionally”.

Exercise to relieve the daily stresses of life, to release endorphins, to fight anxiety, and to feel good.

Meditate to get in touch with your emotions, to connect with your essence, and to feel at peace.


Write in a daily journal the affirmations:
“I am deserving and worthy of all good things,
 and accept myself unconditionally”
"I am beautiful just the way I am".

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DAY 19 «  CONNECTING TO LOVE  »  DAY 21


18/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #19

If you have ever had a moment when you practiced unconditional love, whether spontaneously or deliberately, you probably felt energized and liberated, not drained and burdened. The more often you feel the former after acting a certain way, the more you're loving unconditionally.
Connecting to Love: Day 19 ~ Unconditional Love



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Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations. It can be also love without conditions. This term is sometimes associated with other terms such as true altruism, complete love, or "mother's/father's love." Each area of expertise has a certain way of describing unconditional love, but most will agree that it is that type of love which has no bounds and is unchanging.
In psychology, unconditional love refers to a state of mind in which one has the goal of increasing the welfare of another, despite any evidence of benefit for oneself.

Unconditional love is a state of consciousness which has qualities to it - honesty, vulnerability, empathy and compassion are the qualities that stem out of unconditional love. Unconditional love is way of being or a way of life. It doesn't happen just between family or only in romantic relationships; if it's genuine, all living creatures are considered family.

According to the book Real Love by Greg Baer, unconditional love is, in essence, true love - so different from the kind of love most of us have known all our lives that it deserves a definition of its own.
Unconditional love sees the human essence of everybody, no matter what.
Unconditional love recognizes that the human essence in all humanity is the same. We all need healthy food, clean water, clean air, and a reliable shelter with a solid foundation. We all need a sustainable planet if are to survive. We all have the same emotions and feelings, we are all conditioned by our culture and how we were raised, we are all human.
It may be easy to look around our world today and see the appearance of chaos, difficulty and strife, however, when we come from an open heart, we can also see our opportunity to love all things into balance, joy, harmony and peace.

Unconditional love is caring about the happiness of another person without any thought for what we might get for ourselves. It’s unconditional love when other people care about our happiness unconditionally.
It's unconditional love not judging or punishing but loving without conditions. It’s that love alone that has the power to heal all wounds, bind people together, and create relationships quite beyond our present capacity to imagine.

Unconditional love is our natural state of being and who we all really are, rather we accept ourselves as that or not. 
Unconditional love begins with oneself, you must first have a strong sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. This doesn't mean you never have emotional difficulties or don’t need support and extra attention at times.
Offering unconditional love to yourself, in spite of any perceived flaws or past mistakes, means you are able to view yourself as lovable and worthy.
Unconditional love allows you to love yourself first, so that you have the strength of heart and mind to give the same to another person.

Genuine unconditional love is a little strange to receive in our world of expectations and reactions, and yet if you allow yourself to be the receiver, we are programed to be conditional, to expect something in return for our love.
You need to feel generally good about yourself, to like yourself, and to recognize the positive qualities you bring to a relationship.
Unconditional love develops trust because as you express this kind of love towards someone - generally he or she will sense your acceptance and feel comfortable to be vulnerable and honest about their feelings. Unconditional love actually builds self-esteem in others and alleviates their fears of rejection. People learn that they can be authentic with you about their feelings, opinions, and failures. The result is a growing trust in the other person. Not because that person is perfect but because that person is growing in honesty.

Keep in mind Piero Ferrucci's advice that forgiving "is not something we do, but something we are."
Even if someone doesn't apologize, it's inherently loving to both them and yourself to let go of your anger and resentment toward them. Don't mistake being willing to forgive for letting people walk all over you. How you act (lovingly) toward the person will vary, but your ability to practice unconditional love will be clouded if you hold on to negative feelings.

Unconditional love is love without conditions - love without rules and lists, even thinly veiled hopes. Simply put, if love is tied to any of these, it will surely disappoint. Our expectations of love limit it, the conditions we place upon it stop its flow.
Unconditional love is a entirely new process for us in every situation, and we want to convey sincerity with each person we extend that love to so that it is genuine and not conditional.
It's important for each of us to be aware of when we have experienced unconditional love, and more importantly, how to share it with another individual.
According Edgar Allan Poe, "We loved with a love that was more than love."

When we bring unconditional love back into our personal, professional, community and family lives, we begin the journey of restoring wholeness and happiness to our planetary adventure. 

DAILY QUOTE:

"True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart."

~ Honore de Balzac

ACTION:
Ask yourself:"Am I truly acting with the most love I can for this person at this moment?"


Practice doing something for someone each day with love alone - do it without expecting anything in return, do it without anyone knowing it (you can pray for your friends or family members who live far away; you can send email, text, or a letter to someone whom you have not been in touch with for quite a while; give compliments to other people; you can give a smile to a stranger passing by).
Be nice and show love to toxic people, being kind will pay off one day for both parties.
Do small things with great love each day. 
Watch your heart expand to more love.

Write in a daily journal what does unconditional love mean to you.

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DAY 18 «  CONNECTING TO LOVE  »  DAY 20


17/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #18

While love can and often does bring healing, sometimes it will simply give us the strength to face the threats of our enemy without fear and without threat in return. "We must in strength and humility meet hate with love" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

Connecting to Love: Day 18 ~ Loving our enemies


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History unfortunately leaves some people oppressed and some people oppressors. One of the great fallacies of our modern life is the assumption that we have the right to live in peace and security.This is an age of hate, terrorism..., certainly we are a terrified generation.
Human beings also have a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection - the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.

"Enemies" mean that are people who are repeatedly going against your desires: they may not call themselves enemies, you may not call them enemies, but they resist your will, they are contrary and antagonistic.
Loving your enemy means practical acts of helpfulness in the ordinary things of life. If you love your enemies, then you will not partake in revenge against them which only increases hatred and more violence.

Loving your enemies means that we should be kind to them even though they treat us like dirt. We don't seek revenge, but leave the person and situation in God's hands to do with as he wills.

How do you go about loving your enemies?

According Martin Luther King, Jr (Sermon -Loving Your Enemies) "First, we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. It is impossible even to begin the act of loving one's enemies without the prior acceptance of the necessity, over and over again, of forgiving those who inflict evil and injury upon us."

In order to love your enemies, you must begin by analyzing yourself. Seems strange to you that you love your enemies by beginning with a look at self.
Some people will not like you, not because of something you have done to them, but they just won’t like you; some people aren’t going to like the way you walk; some people aren’t going to like the way you talk; some people aren’t going to like you because you can do your job better than they can do theirs; some people aren’t going to like you because other people like you, and because you’re popular, some people aren’t going to like you because your hair is a little shorter than theirs or your hair is a little longer than theirs; some people aren’t going to like you because your skin is a little brighter than theirs; and others aren’t going to like you because your skin is a little darker than theirs.
So that some people aren’t going to like you, not because of something that you’ve done to them, but because of various jealous reactions and other reactions that are so prevalent in human nature.
But after looking at these things and admitting these things, we must face the fact that an individual might dislike us because of something that we’ve done deep down in the past, some personality attribute that we possess, something that we’ve done deep down in the past and we’ve forgotten about it; but it was that something that aroused the hate response within the individual. That is why you must begin with yourself. There might be something within you that arouses the tragic hate response in the other individual.

We begin to love our enemies and love those persons that hate us whether in collective life or individual life by looking at ourselves.

Prayer for your enemies is one of the deepest forms of love, because it means that you have to really want that something good happen to them. You might do nice things for your enemy without any genuine desire that things go well with them. It may be for their conversion. It may be for their repentance. It may be that they would be awakened to the enmity in their hearts.

There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life - that is the meaning of Love.

Make like Martin Luther King, Jr. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

In the final analysis, love is not merely an emotional something, Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all human beings. According Franklin P. Jones "Love doesn't make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
So, we must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love, and when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world.
We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you... let us join together in a great fellowship of love...

DAILY QUOTE:

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

ACTION:
Ask yourself: my behavior benefit all beings?

Identify and appreciate the various ways love reveals itself to you across your life.

Redefine the things you think, say, and do in your daily interactions with all human beings.

Give you the strong determination, in your life and in all of your attitudes, to work the force of love, Loving without conditions, judgments, or disappointment.

Make a Prayer for your enemies with one or more good intention.

Write in a daily journal the affirmations:
"I Love all human beings without conditions and judgments"
"I love my enemies"

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16/02/2019

CONNECTING TO LOVE ~ DAY #17

Friendships are among the most complex but meaningful relationships in our lives. 

Connecting to Love: Day 17 ~ Friendship Love

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Many people consider friends to be as close or even closer than extended (or immediate) family. Friends are chosen by an individual, at times, these people may be more special or important than the family a person was born with. In addition, some people who have supportive families also have an extensive network of friends who they consider to be a second family or as additions to their blood or legal relatives.
We may say that Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people.

Andrew Sullivan writes "For me, friendship has always been the most accessible of relationships - certainly far more so than romantic love. Friendship, I learned, provided a buffer in the interplay of emotions, a distance that made the risk of intimacy bearable, a space that allowed the other person to remain safely another person."

Aristotle wrote, "The excellent person is related to his friend in the same way as he is related to himself, since, a friend is another self; and therefore, just as his own being is choiceworthy for him, the friend's being is choice-worthy for him in the same or a similar way."
Friendship, for Aristotle, seems to be the cornerstone of human society and flourishing, an integral part of happiness, and bound up inextricably with the notion of virtue.

St. Augustine described friendship as “sweet beyond the sweetness of life.”

Friendship love is often the longest lasting type of love in many people’s lives. For lots of people friendship love has been the most reliable kind of love in their lives.
A true friend basically can be a person as close and important to you as a dearly beloved sister, or brother, or other close family member.

In fact friendship love is as important and sometimes even more important than family love in the lives of many. It is often friendship love that prevails when all other loves have been found wanting.

Friendship love for many people is the only love that sustains and protects them through disasters and the bleak times of desolation. As with any relationship, friendships bring support and joy.
Friendship love is also either a combination of intimacy and commitment.

DAILY QUOTE:

"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is". 
~ Jim Morrison

ACTION:

Consider the role of friendship in your life: Have you given true friendship and friendship love enough thought?

Think of a friend you get together with from time to time, which usually happens after a long email or text exchange during which you just can’t find a time that works for both of you - call this old friend

Be the Friend You Would Like to Have.
Be sincere, compassionate, and honest.
Reach out when someone needs you even if she isn't able to ask or tell you what she needs.
Write in a daily journal what you want tell a friend and them how much you appreciate their friendship.
Write the affirmation "I'm Grateful for My Friends"

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