I shared this meditation with one of my classes recently, and it was so meaningful to us that I wanted to share it more widely.
The picture features one of the most well known and loved scriptures from the Christian Holy Bible: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. (NIV)
The picture includes a post-it that reads: “Strive to be able to put your name where it says ‘love.'”
So I read this for my yoga students, and asked them to put their name in where the word love is in the scripture, and to search their hearts to see how they can carry and be more love in a world that so desperately needs it.
“I am patient. I am kind. I do not envy, I do not boast, and I am not easily proud. I do not dishonor others, am not self-seeking, am not easily angered, and I keep no record of wrongs. I do not delight in evil, but rejoice with truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, and always persevere.”
Can you read this for yourself? Do you hear it and believe it?
Can you see where maybe you could be more loving, by this definition, to someone else or even to yourself, and choose today to be open to refinement and growth to become Love more wholly?
The Bible goes on in verse 8 to read, “Love never fails.”
I completely believe that if we are able to embody this definition of Love, to let this flow in and through us, that no matter what our endeavor or mission might be, we cannot fail either.