the hard work of love


As the practice of ethics deepens, its benefits flow into more and more aspects of life, dissolving old pains, releasing fear and anger, healing damaged relationships, and freeing us from the past. As ethical living becomes a deep and natural way of life, it offers increasingly profound gifts. We can see ourselves more clearly and realize we are not who we thought we were. We recognize how unnecessary and illusory so many fears and defenses were, because who we really are needs o defense. When we recognize our own Self, we also recognize that same Self in others.  ~Roger Walsh

from what you think to what you believe to how you act…..and the more subtle play of why and how and the amazing ways we love…..

inquiry for today~  how do you honor your deepest truth and then express that in your relationships?

it never was below the surface

At first, ethics are a practice. Then they become a necessity, and finally they become a joy. When our heart is awakened they spontaneously illuminate our way in the world. This is called Shining Virtue. The light around someone who speaks truth, who consistently acts with compassion for all, even in great difficulty, is visible to all around them.  ~Jack Kornfield

2 thoughts on “the hard work of love

  1. It reminds me of the children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit. Once we acknowledge and accept the reality of our whole motley self, we don’t need to be so defensive anymore. We can love people we don’t like, even ourselves on a bad day.

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