The mind of love brings peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others. Mindful observation is the element which nourishes the tree of understanding, and compassion and love are the most beautiful flowers. When we realize the mind of love, we have to go to the one who has been the object of our mindful observation, so the our mind of love is not just an object of our imagination, but a source of energy which has a real effect in the world.
The meditation on love is not just sitting still and visualizing that our love will spread out into space like waves of sound or light. But of our love is only a kind of imagination, then it is not likely to have any real effect. It is in the midst of our daily life and in our actual contact with others that we can know whether our mind of love is really present and how stable it is. If love is real, it will be evident in our daily life, in the way we relate with people and the world. The source of love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of happiness.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
all the flowers. all the colors. all the layers of light.
inquiry for today~ what do you see between the light and the shadows that makes your life sweeter?
I know every flower-filled ditch, leafy-hedged bottom, and daisied bank better than I know the lines of my own hand. They became part of me, like the cold air I breathed.