What’s In Your Heart?
Would you describe your heart as dwelling in love?
What’s in your heart? Take a quick moment and connect with the feelings that are in your heart right this moment. What words pop up to describe what you feel in your heart? Would you describe your heart as dwelling in love? Given the frantic pace in which we live our lives and the exceedingly high expectations we place on ourselves and others, there is a pretty good chance that some of the things we are feeling in our hearts might not feel very good!
A wonderful idea is expressed in 1 John 4:16 of the Bible. God is love, and if we dwell in love, we dwell in God and God dwells in us.
This is what I like to call a recipe for life. Recipes tell us what steps to take to get an expected result. This recipe is pretty simple as far as recipes go — it only has one step! When we dwell in love, we dwell in that divine force that powers the universe, and it dwells in us! How wonderful can life be when we dwell in love and love dwells in us? Could it mean we feel less frustrated, less hurried, less let down, less offended, less frightened? Could it mean that the daily issues that pop up in this physical world just wouldn’t seem to bother us so much?
Now think about the flip side of dwelling in love. What if we are dwelling in any negative emotion? Fear, anger, sadness, hostility… Does it make sense to you that we see and experience a completely different world when we dwell in these negative states and when these negative states dwell in us?
A lot of people complain that they don’t feel a divine presence in their lives. Just maybe the negative states that we tend to dwell in have not left room for love (God). This does not mean that divine love is not present. Divine love is never absent, it just has to be let in! Now, remember the recipe above? There is something we know to be true about recipes, we have to follow them in the order that they are written to get the desired outcome. When we dwell in love, God dwells in us. We have to dwell in love first to feel God’s presence. If you are waiting to feel God’s presence before you will dwell in love, it is like trying to turn a baked cake into a bowl of flour, sugar and eggs.
Can you fit in a 30 second meditation throughout your day? Close your eyes if you can and take a deep and relaxing breath. Check in to see what thoughts and emotions are dwelling in you. Replace frustration with gratitude, anger with compassion, fear with faith, and most of all invite love into your heart, and allow love to radiate out from you to all you touch and do. Rinse and repeat.
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