"It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every
thought, and every word can be infused with love."


~Thich Nhat Hanh

What do you think about this?  Can you imagine a day during which every interaction you had was "infused with love"?  Could you be loving to everyone you met (in all situations) for an entire day?

I'm not sure I could.  I will admit to being a basically cheerful person who is prone to saying "excellent" when someone asks how I'm doing but to carry that forward all day is a tough assignment.  

One of the things I enjoy about the daily inspirations is that they give me something to think about and once in a while, something to work towards.  I may not be able to sustain a loving attitude toward everyone for twenty-four hours but maybe I can do it for two or three (or maybe more).  I think the point for me is to keep the ideal in my head and try just a little bit harder. 

 I've already broken it today (and it's only just past 7:30 AM).  I saw the email announcing a meeting at 9:30 and had negative thoughts about it, mostly because I wasn't planning on it.  I will try to approach the meeting with a more positive/loving frame of mind in place.  (I said TRY).   

I have Poetry group today and they chose poems about history and love.  I am bringing The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and my favorite ee cummings poem.  It will be interesting to see if any of the group brings anything or writes anything of their own.  

I  hope your day is filled with loving interactions and you are able to maintain a loving attitude for most if not all of it.    "Imagine all the people, living life in peace......" (lennon)

Comments

amy said…
I've been thinking a lot lately about unconditional love. The phrase is tossed around quite a bit but taking time to think about what it actually means has been enlightening. I think successfully loving in that way would carry over into other relationships, even incidental ones, naturally in time.
Roxie said…
It all starts with loving yourself.
Galad said…
Being mindful of cultivating a loving look at life will have an impact, even if it isn't 24/7 :-) Hope your day is full of loving moments.
Kate Wood said…
I have a very, very hard time bringing that thought and feeling to the forefront of my interactions when I have a guy who just peed himself out in our parking lot trailing drips all over the store because he is too drunk to stand up without assistance or stumbling.
But otherwise, I do try to be positive and loving in my interactions with others. Just don't bring up work.
Saren Johnson said…
Yea, I'm thinking about that zen thing also. It's hard when you just want to punch the cube mate in the head because he won't. stop. talking.
DrK said…
love is a state of mind, and sometimes an active choice. im afraid my friday was not full of love, i did lose it with a co-worker for about a nano second. people need to stop trying to do everything at once. but then i forced myself to smile and everything felt better. but yeah, its hard and takes effort and thats why most people dont bother, sadly.

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