This Valentine’s Day (and Every Day!), Embrace Love and Forgiveness as a Means to Living a Freer, Fuller & Happier Life
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is a chance to reflect on not only the state of our love life, but all of our relationships, and explore how we can continue to nurture them.
This year, my Valentine’s Day message, regardless of the people in your life or not in your life, is to remember that at all times, there’s a love breathing you.
Love called you into being, and it’s that love we celebrate today – as parents and children, friends, family, coworkers, spouses and lovers. Today we celebrate the love that makes life really come alive for us!
There’s a spiritual practice as ancient as humankind for making love come alive…
This spiritual practice for loving more intently and dynamically is the practice of forgiveness. Forgiveness is an integral part of every world religion, every major philosophy, and every person’s life who aspires to love more readily and mindfully.
The fact is carrying forgiveness in your heart will help amplify the love you have for both yourself and others. It will help you heal wounds from the past and move forward in your life with love as the propeller of your being.
The more able you are to practice forgiveness, the more inner peace you’ll experience within yourself, as well as more joyful, productive relationships with others!
For those of you that meditate, you know that one of the benefits of meditation is an increased ability to explore how you can continue to nurture your relationships.
Here’s an AMAZING story about the transformational power of love and forgiveness
Many years ago in Oregon, a young 29-year old man who attended my ministry at the time came and told me he wanted to make a stained-glass rendition of our ministry’s logo, which was a beautiful sun against a local mountain called Mt. Hood. The young man’s father was a stained glass maker in Idaho, and he wanted to pay him a visit so that the two of them could create the stained glass together.
Telling me his plan, he began to cry. He said he hadn’t been home or seen his father in two and a half years, since coming out to his family as gay. He said…
“My father has never spoken to me about me being gay. When we do talk, he speaks very quickly and hangs up the phone. I feel so disconnected from him.”
But the young man recognized the opportunity to make the stained glass piece together with his father, and possibly have a chance to talk.
He wanted to give me the gift of the stained glass artwork and said “I just want you to hold good energy for me when I go to Idaho that perhaps my father and I can find some common ground.”
So the young man went home to Idaho and he and his father worked together successfully on the stained glass piece – but the conversation between them was awkward.
Anytime the son tried to talk about his life back in Oregon, his father steered the conversation back to the project at hand. The son became increasingly disheartened and full of pain at what he perceived as his father’s lack of interest in his life.
After a few days, they finished the piece and it was so beautiful – they were both very proud of the work they’d done together! But as they were leaning the stained glass against a wall to very gently dust it of, the part of the glass that was the sun cracked right down the center! The father got angry and stormed off, upset that part of the artwork would have to be redone.
The son decided to stay at his father’s place an extra day, and found a piece of golden stained glass to make the repair. When the two of them began working on the artwork again, the father quickly became frustrated because the work wasn’t progressing quickly enough.
This time, the son left the room, saying, “I can’t work like this with you.”
Shortly after, the father came and knocked on his son’s door, asking what was wrong. The son decided to open up to him, telling him the truth that was in his heart.
He said, “You’ve terrorized me with your anger since I was a little kid. I’m afraid of you when you get angry. I came here because I wanted so much to be close to you. Yes, I want to make this stained glass. But more than that, I want to be close to you, and you won’t even talk to me about my life.”
The father sat down beside the son and started to weep, telling his son “I want more than anything to be close to you. You’re my son. But I don’t understand what’s going on in your life. I have no experience with this. I don’t even know how to talk to you about it.”
So right then, they decided to start getting to know each other in a real and meaningful way.
They took turns asking questions about each other’s lives and really listening to one another. It was the beginning of a new connection. The son led with the forgiveness necessary to open back up to his father, and when they parted ways the next day, the two of them were closer than they’d ever been.
And when the son left to return to Oregon, they had repaired both the sun in the artwork and the father-and-son relationship behind it.
Forgiveness is also an act of self love
I love this story because through the act of forgiveness, a beautiful, loving relationship was forged between two people.
But forgiveness runs deeper than that – it’s also about self love and self healing.
We often don’t get the opportunity to actively forgive someone we feel has hurt us. Perhaps the person we need to forgive has passed on, or we haven’t seen them in years. Maybe we don’t even necessarily want an active relationship with someone who we feel has wronged us, and that’s okay. Because there is one place that can always be healed, and that’s our own heart.
When you practice forgiveness, when you choose to think lovingly towards someone with whom you may have had a challenging relationship, you open your heart and spirit up to a renewed sense of self love and love for others.
So this Valentine’s Day, instead of focusing on any one relationship, however amazing or challenging, try aligning yourself with love and forgiveness in general towards the people in your life. You’ll feel freer, fuller, and happier for doing so.
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