Practice Circle on Love and Compassion
The sickness of love is not like any other;
Love is the astrolabe of God’s mysteries.
Whether Love is from heaven or earth,
it points to God.
However I may try to explain it,
When faced with Love itself
I’m ashamed of my explanations.
Whatever the tongue can make clear,
Love’s silence is better.
—Mathnawi I, 110-111 of Jalaluddin Rumi
In this step of ISM, we are focussing on love and compassion. Why? Because they are the highest of human intentions and the gateway into deep and sublime states of meditation. Indeed, the quality of our meditation and our own health and happiness are proportional to the quality of our altruistic love for both ourselves and others.
But the reality for most of us is that we are just not always loving and compassionate! Therefore, we turn to the great exemplars to show us the way and to inspire us when we need generate and to be absorbed in love and compassion.
Please share your writings on love and compassion in your weekly journal. Or share the words of great teachers who have inspired you and helped you achieve a loving and compassionate state of being. What methods are you finding to help you to generate love and compassion?
Please share a summary of your present contemplative insights on the step in the practice circle below. Condense your journal writing (into 2,000 characters or less) and post it in a comment box below. Your personal experiences with this step of the meditation will be gifts to everyone. Please don’t be shy about sharing.