How sweetly one glows when one is imbued with love. Some time ago, I attended a talk given by a swami. A swami is the equivalent of a monk or nun, one who has renounced ordinary social life for the dedicated following of a religious path or teacher. I instantly liked her. She radiated calmness, intelligence, and kindness. Her talk was on love and sweetness. One of the endearing things she said was that when we have developed our capacity to love, we will not need to wear perfume because the body will have a beautiful, sweet smell. Love is demonstrated by our undivided attention and genuine interest in another’s well-being. The loving individual has the capacity to look people in the eye with quiet confidence and sincere concern. Whenever we move into a loving space, we lift our consciousness and become a beacon of light. Our aim is to be that consistently – a truly healing presence.
An interesting response to someone who authentically loves is tears. It is a grateful, relieved, emotional reaction to being in a situation of safety and trust. Tears are a natural response to being in a healing environment. Our psyche grabs the opportunity to release built-up stress, emotional charge, and damage. Tears help to heal internal, energetic scarring from all the myriad pains one suffers from life, karma, and evolution. The soul feels relief from being uplifted, rescued, and encouraged. Tears are also an alignment with spiritual clarity, purity, and integrity. There is a feeling of being at home. We have an instinctive, deep response to goodness, beauty, and enduring love.
Part of love is willingness. Willingness to serve others and generosity of spirit are returned to us as generosity from life. Money, happiness, friendships, purpose, and freedom from suffering are some of the rewards. Even if we had all the money and free time in the world (which is the ultimate goal of many people), there is, nevertheless, an intrinsic need in humankind to serve a higher purpose. One of the most frequent illnesses of middle-aged, professional people is depression stemming from an achievement of their financial and professional goals and a consequent emptiness. To offer what we are capable of offering will transform our life. Wherever we are, whatever we understand, whatever level of consciousness we are living from, we can willingly give. And, of course, the essence of giving is the desire to love.