Inspiring Quotes of the Week...
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
As Nancy Rynes says, "We must continually cultivate our communities much as we would cultivate and nurture a garden. Seedlings will wither if not watered properly. So too will our communities of support if we ignore them. We must actively participate in the lives of our friends and loved ones, we must lend a hand when others need help, and also allow them to help us if we're to build a strong center of support."
Love leads to connection and oneness, acceptance and compassion. It's the path we need to take, both to survive and to evolve. It's the path that more and more people are taking.
Love is what we feel when we realize we are one - separate players in the game of life but joined together in essence, sharing our space. Intimacy is not purely physical. It's the act of connecting with someone so deeply, you feel like you can see into their soul.
Love, belonging and connection are the universal sources of true well-being.
As Nancy Rynes says, "At our cores, people are pretty much the same across the world. We have differences on the surface, such as skin color, political leanings or culture, but beneath all of that we're more similar than different. We want to love and be loved. We want to raise our kids to have better lives than we had. We feel compassion for others who are hurt or struggling. We want to help those who need help. We feel pain and grieving during times of loss, and revel in joy at the birth of our children. And most of us follow some kind of spiritual or philosophical path that often emphasizes love, compassion, and service to others."
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
No one need accept that they must remain as they were shaped by their hereditary body-mind and by the conditioning of their childhood and culture. Each of us can evolve consciously by undertaking our own path of personal development, according to our individual needs, weaknesses and strengths. Continues