Let’s save the world today by loving the world today.

Posted: Sun, May 12, 2019
A student asked, “Teacher, I am extremely discouraged. What should I do?” The teacher responded, “Encourage others.” There is this strange spiritual paradox that whatever we think the world is withholding from us, we are withholding from the world. Anne Lamott said, “If you want to feel loving…do something loving. This is basic soul care.” [...]

Rev. Dr. Steven Koski

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A student asked, “Teacher, I am extremely discouraged. What should I do?”
The teacher responded, “Encourage others.”
There is this strange spiritual paradox that whatever we think the world is withholding from us, we are withholding from the world.
Anne Lamott said, “If you want to feel loving…do something loving. This is basic soul care.”
Let’s save the world today by loving the world today.
What would happen today if you didn’t try to change, fix, control, help or save people but simply tried your best to be a presence of unconditional love?
What would happen today if you didn’t assume you knew what was best or what people need but asked, “How can I best love you the way you need to be loved today?”
What would happen today if you focused on listening to understand instead of listening so that you might be understood?
What would happen today if your primary goal was to make sure the people you encounter feel seen, heard and valued in your presence?
What would happen if you went out of your way today to scatter seeds of kindness where the ground is hard and rocky?
I have no idea if this will change any one else but I’m pretty sure we will not stay the same. In loving the world we might just save ourselves.
John O’Donohue wrote, “The ability to care is the hallmark of being human, the touchstone of morality and the ground of holiness. Without the warmth of care, the world becomes a graveyard. In the kindness of care, the Divine becomes alive in us.”