What would your life be like if every decision, every word you spoke aloud and to yourself, and every deed first went through a filter of love? Imagine letting go of conditioned patterns of defensiveness, fear, or anger ― freeing yourself to choose new responses that allow more love and joy to flow through all your experiences. The Sufi poet Hafiz declares, “When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more, and be happy.”
This issue of Agni celebrates love in its myriad forms. Whether your expression of love is physical, spiritual, or emotional, remember that the energy born of love is creative. It makes everything it touches new. To see how passionate you are, look around and see what you have created.
When your first response is love – for others and for yourself – the world becomes a sweeter, more forgiving, joyous place. You can begin right now by looking in the mirror, gazing with compassion into your eyes. Look at yourself and see that even if there is pain or sadness, your soul is also looking back at you with the light and innocence of the child you once were. Now holding your hand over your heart, say “I love you. I accept you. I deserve to be happy.” Try it. How does that feel? We encourage you to practice this exercise regularly, for it is a powerful way to connect to your essential, loving nature.
Regardless of whatever else is going on in your life right now or whatever regrets you have, you are an amazing, beautiful being . . . divine in design and universal in spirit. It took you years to create the patterns that make you who you are. It can take but a few seconds each day to begin the shift back to the whole, sweet perfection from which you first entered the earth plane – to a state of pure love.
The next time your viewpoint is challenged – express love to your challenger. The next time you feel anger towards someone – give them a hug. The next time you are about to lash out – understand that the person could benefit from compassion. And most important, the next time you are about to blame yourself or beat yourself up for feeling “less than,” remember that you are worth all the love in the world – give yourself some credit because YOU ARE LOVE.