Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed.
― Dalai Lama XIV
Friday, June 9, 2017
Keep Love Blossoming
How Letting Go Renews Love
I’ve come to realize that the same is true about the spiritual journey.It also requires continually
recommitting to love, and allowing it to blossom in our hearts. It takes
renewal, and an
opening of ourselves to grace. This intimacy
and love we share with the Divine is always growing, deepening with trust, and
with renewed faith.
Take a moment to reflect upon your long-term relationships. What are the gifts that have blossomed from these relationships with others, with the Divine, and with yourself?
In all of our relationships, there are times when we must let go of what is not serving the relationship, in order to allow for more growth and life. We must be willing to constantly meet the now, and as Brother David Steindl-Rast reminds us, this is a place for great gratitude. The present moment is always offering us the opportunity to recommit to love and to renew our love.
How can this month be a time of renewal for you?
Can you put down what is no longer serving you—the stories you carry from the
past or the pain that lingers in your heart?
How are you being called to quiet your mind and tune into a sense of
Practice consciously setting aside what is no longer serving you. Imagine you are
climbing up the mountain of your life, and you need to make the load lighter.
See yourself releasing what is weighing you down, and feel yourself getting lighter.
Colette Lafia is a San Francisco-based spiritual director, workshop and retreat
facilitator, and adjunct faculty member at Mercy Center Burlingame.