Why do We Want to see Through Lenses of Love?
Wouldn't it be amazing to live this way every single day! It is possible. Many wonderful people have done so. They are the ones that the world remembers, because of the lasting changes they have made through lives lived in Love. They devoted themselves to making the world a better place one Loving action at a time. Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Peace Pilgrim, Bill Wilson, and so many more have moved the world along in the direction that their own lenses of Love had shown them. Today, their legacy lives on in the form of religious institutions, charities, health care facilities, institutions of learning, and countless other ways that give human beings opportunities to live life at its best.
No matter what is happening outside, those that are looking at the world through lenses of love are shown the absolute best of what life has to offer. It might seem difficult to think of the joy that one could experience as he dies for the sins of others on a cross, or spends their entire lives in the midst of the suffering and the sick. But think about the way that you felt inside as you shared a smile or hello to someone. Then remember the multiplying effect of good feelings that comes when you are given a smile back and greeted in turn. People are almost always going to trust those that have made it a habit to see the world in a Loving way because those people know from the feeling of how that person moves through life that they can trusted with their most precious treasures. If this person meets those that do not trust, they always find those that do.
In most of these resources we are given health and life success reasons to smile, laugh, and spread the Love around. The first is simply a fun time:
The benefits of doing good deeds are much more than a feather in the cap. Check out this article by WebMD, which gives many different case studies showing the many health benefits tied to altruism.
Can looking at the world through lenses of Love really lead to success in the workplace? This is an excellent article by CNN, which advocates loving yourself more, in order to find that career or get to that place in your career that will bring you the most Love, happiness, and success, not to mention everyone around you.
How to Identify your Thoughts: Are You Listening to Love!
Most days it seems that I can only manage 25%. However, I have noticed something very significant about the way that I see the world when I do listen to happier, empowering conversations within my mind as opposed to the the negative self talk. Over time, by making a habit of the positive self talk, the percentage of being able to think of myself as a great all around person is getting closer to 60%.
My I am great mind radio goes like this: Your opportunities are limitless. You are competent and can handle whatever life has in store for you. You are a great person. Your worth is perfect. You are a very lovable. You are very lucky. You are happy and content. You are a very hard worker. You look for the good in others. You look for the best way to accomplish a task. You are a very good researcher and writer. You are a great artist. You do your very best to finish whatever you start. You are very constant, and build good habits. You do your very best to show up and do whatever you can to make each day better than the last.
My negative mind radio goes like this: You can't do this it will never work. Your not good enough to do that. You just don't have what it takes. You just weren't made quit right to be able do to that or be part of that group or to make more than minimum wage. You are a mess. What have you accomplished with your life. Year by year, you keep sinking into dept. No one likes you because your hands are cold and clammy. You can't make any art worth being payed for.
These resources will help us start to identify negative ways that we view ourselves:
How to Bring Your Demons to the Light will Point You to Love
In order to start letting go of the past. I have found that it is good to start by writing a list of your positive qualities, and the things that you think are wrong with who you are, similar to what I did at the top. After you do this celebrate the positives. Then start to look at the other list like if you were speaking to someone that you loved. Tenderly and thoughtfully take time with each member of the list, and break them down into the reality of what it is and what the story that is being made up based in fear. It helps if you have something specific, rather than a generalized statement like, “I never seem to make any good art.” Taking a specific work of art, or situation will help gain a more accurate perspective.
For instance, lets look at this particular piece of art that I made for this article. I have want to Love it an embrace it for the unique beautiful interesting quirky caterpillar that it is, but I am still very afraid that it is not good enough to be called art. Maybe people will immediately dismiss it, thinking that it is not sophisticated enough, that anyone could do it. Another fear that comes to mind is that it is too pink and red to ever be enjoyed, no one will like that. Especially when it comes to my art, or something that I create, I can end up being very critical, and dismiss all the good qualities for bad ones that are based in fear, making one sided negative assumptions.
In art, which can be created for others, or services that are done for others, there is never a bad or a wrong, but simply, this might not be serving the person. It is their decision to embrace it or not. In order to make a place for myself as an artist and person that serves others, I need to give people the option. I can assume the worst, or I will not make anything. Believe me, I have been there too long, and have suffered greatly for it. Making up stories based in fear, which prevented me from showing up, or showing what I have made. This behavior shut me off from all of the Love and appreciation that I could be receiving from that Love the pink and red quirky little guy. It is only natural to fear being rejected. It is hard being vulnerable to the thoughts and opinions that are outside of our control, but when our own thoughts and opinions are under our control it makes all the difference. Instead of hiding that beautiful true expression of who we are from the world, lets show up and show who we are because we are worthy of Love and appreciation. We were made to life in Love not in fear.
Those that see my pictures worth will see it, and that is wonderful, but I do not create it to get approval from others. I simply created it because it is fun to be my self, and express Love to myself and others in this way. This is the message that I want to send. I will keep moving forward in Love because living the other way is not living for me. I am simply being who I am, which is even more than a great artist, but worthy of Love. I know it more at times than others though, which is why I am here. Let's help each other understand how worthy of Love we each are. The only difference between a happy Loving person and one that feels sadness is a choice to see their lives through lenses of Love or of fear. Love will lead the way! Let's follow!! :-)
Here are some resources that will help us let go of past hurts and see ourselves the beautiful worthy people that we are through lenses of Love:
This week's yoga asana or pose of the week will help us gain a sense of Love, patience, balance, and concentration within ourselves. It can be a very difficult pose to perform if the mind is busy and distracted with thoughts. Being able to see the world and others through the lenses of Love that will guide us to a destination full of Love and happiness starts with our ability to Love ourselves. This pose will help our internal journey to Love along just as if we were using our own wonderful legs to walk there. If you can not use your legs, there are many other wonderful poses that have much the same effects as mentioned. Please just let me know, and I will do my best to find something to fit your needs.
If there is a topic you are passionate about or question that you would like answered about how to Love ourselves better, I would love to here it. Please write a comment about it here or on Face Book in the "For the Love of Self" discussion area some.
It is very wonderful and gracious of you to spend time with me today, reading this. I hope that your own lenses are a little bit more Loving as a result. Giving me the opportunity to write to amazing readers like yourself has greatly improved my own! Many thanks, and may only Love and goodness greet you today!! <3 Aaron Szczurek :-)