"When all your desires are distilled You will cast just two votes: To love more. And be happy.” ~Hafiz
In serving as a physician for three decades, David Simon observed that he gradually learned that when he was able to listen to a patient deeply, an underlying story –a story that at its heart was about giving or receiving love –would reveal itself. He found that if he could coax the emotional roots of an illness out into the opening, then healing could begin.
David believed that our ability to give and receive love influences every aspect of our life, including our health and wellbeing. Over the years, he developed a powerful process to help people identify and release the core beliefs and painful memories that contribute to emotional distress and physical illness, freeing them to experience healing and transformation. This process became the Chopra Center’s Free to Love workshop, now known as the Healing the Heart workshop.
David also wrote a best-selling book, Free to Love, Free to Heal, which is a guidebook to the emotional healing process he developed. Here is a passage on love and life from the epilogue:
Today is a new day. As an expression of the sacred field of unlimited possibilities, you have the capacity to make this a day filled with love and enthusiasm. Why not live as if it mattered?
My beloved guru, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, told his students,
This scarce human body is acquired after many lifetimes; don't waste this opportunity. Every moment of life is precious. Do not think of yourself as weak and fallen. That which was done up to now, understand that this was unintentional. But now, apply yourself to action fit for a human. If having become a human being you do not obtain knowledge of your Divine nature, it is as if you have sold a diamond for the price of spinach.
The world is in need of love. With an open heart, you radiate the light of love to all those around you. Remember, no impulse of love is wasted. As a lover, rejoice in your state of lovingness, and know that every being who reflects a ray of your love is enlightened by the experience. This is your essential state. It always was and always will be.
Do not allow the pervasive worldly demands of life to constrict your heart. The sun does not use the excuse of clouds to stop shining its light, for it knows that clouds will always come and go. It is your birthright to live a life abundant in love. Make the commitment today to open your heart and let your love flow. No matter what has happened in your past, you have an infinite capacity for love. Please use it, for your own sake and the sake of this precious world.