“There is great suffering in the world. Our society is suffering. The planet is suffering. Families are suffering. And this is in addition to the personal suffering in our own lives. It’s important for us to be aware of this suffering and not turn away from it.
But it’s truly important to ground ourselves in the love and beauty of the world. Love and beauty are also real. They provide light in response to the darkness. It’s easy to see darkness from a distance, but we often have to look up close to see love and beauty. When we make love and beauty the foundation of our lives it nourishes our spirit and helps us cope with the suffering we encounter. When we are sucked into the great sadness of the world we become part of that sadness. So how do we resist all the sadness around us? We resist it by grounding our life in the love and beauty of the world.”
If you ground your life in love, you cultivate and celebrate love. You share your loving impulses with the world and you recognize them in others as well. It becomes one of your guiding themes that can keep your life grounded, as can the search for and appreciation of beauty.
These themes can keep us busy and keep us sane, even during crazy-making, heart-breaking times. They can keep us connected to other truths that are also real and important and that deserve our attention. We can inhabit a more robust world and access a broader pallet of color if we ground our lives in love and beauty.” From the Todo Institute by Greg and Linda Krech
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