Soul Clarity: Love Another
I love Jodi Chapman’s Soul Clarity Cards. The perfect one arrives with perfect timing.
Love another. Take some time to show someone you care.
Is it coincidence that it’s the second time in four days that I’ve drawn this card?
Two words ring true with me as I ponder the Love Another card today.
Two words that feel familiar
The words are familiar because they are so ingrained in my spiritual practice. The words take time require dedicated focus for anyone trying to be present.
I’m guessing that most people today say that there’s not enough time. I say that too; it’s obvious when you see me reading several books at once or when I have two hours and I want to read the Sunday paper, write a blog post and take a walk all within that time frame.
I have a secret, though. There is time if I focus on where I place time.
If you are present to what you’re doing, there is always enough time.
There’s always time to love and time to love another by being present.
Mimic the people who use time well
I was at my 12-step group’s anniversary celebration the other night. It was an exceptionally good meeting where several celebrants have quality, short-term sobriety (1-5 years).
These folks exuded love. They have what I want.
These people are always present. Their presence is a form of loving. They are reminders that each time you stop, look into another’s eyes while he or she is speaking to you, you are loving another.
When you think of someone, if you’ll take time to call them, even leaving a message is a form of loving.
A text can be love, so can a post to Facebook or an old-fashioned note.
Loving another with your presence can occur from across the room or across the miles, in cyberspace or shared physical space.
Taking time–after all, time is a precious commodity–is the key.
Being present creates a platform from which love can spring.
Practicing gratitude produces the willingness to take time. It’s hard to move at warp speed when you’re documenting your gratitude list.
Taking time, showing love, being present–all these spiritual acts flow together in a beautiful mosaic of compassion. Compassion begins and ends with you and with me.
By the way, loving another applies to animal love as well. Jazzy may not be able to read a text message from me, but she sure feels my presence when I take time to hold her or play or look lovingly into her eyes while running her warm belly.
Are you taking time to love another today?