I often wonder HOW You can love us here on Planet Earth when You have trillions of stars and galaxies in the Palm of Your Hand. But, the other day my spiritual director asked me to ponder how You felt about us . . . or something like that. I was swept up into a state of Deep Contemplation. And I felt — in every cell — that You care far more deeply than I can imagine for each one of us. You have overwhelming compassion for every one of us!
And I realized that You love me much more than I love myself.
So, I have been wondering, HOW do I love myself? I mean what does that kind of love look like? One thought I took back with me was that You want us to keep Learning/Growing. Not so much Head Learning as Heart Learning.
Then, just today I read an article in YES Magazine on “How to Build a Culture of Good Health.” I loved it! Good Health truly is a family/community affair. Loneliness really does kill. But my favorite take away from the article was: Give yourself, as best you can, what your parents would have loved to grant you but probably could not: full-hearted attention, full-minded awareness, and compassion. Make gifting yourself with these qualities your daily practice.
I’m smiling. Full-hearted attention can make even brushing my teeth an act of love. Thank You, God, for all the Love and Full-Hearted Attention You keep pouring over us.