This is one of those quotes that’s really beautiful, and yet it runs the risk of being misunderstood in a painful way. This doesn’t mean that if you choose—or didn’t choose—to be single, that you’re bound to live without love. That’s seeing love to narrowly. Don’t look at it through a wrapping paper tube. Look at it in the whole of the world. Love accomplishes most of the truly great things in life. The best artists, athletes, scientists and business people all excel at things they truly love doing. And the love we feel for our pets is real love. Which is no different than the love we can feel for someone on TV who we witness suffering. We obviously love our family members and it’s even possible to love some people without even liking them. So love isn’t something you need find or get or earn. Love is the natural bond between the parts of the universe that feel separate. So we think separateness into being—we create an us and them and an us and it or us and there, and then we act like we’re not all part of the giant oneness of the universe. So love is that glue. That magnetic bond. That beautiful, warm and enveloping force that is both comforting and powerful. And you can feel that any time any where, but it’s true that you will find it by looking for the bonds been you and any other aspect of this incredible universe. So go climb a mountain, or make a career change you’ve dreamed of for years, or even fall in love with someone. Whatever it is, it’ll be great as long as you’re paying attention to the love you feel. Have an awesome day.
Note: Everyone who posts or shares a quote does so with the very best of intentions. That said, I have created the series of Other Perspectives blog posts in an effort to prevent some of these ideas from entering into people’s consciousness unchallenged. These quotes range from silly to dangerous and—while I intend no offense to their creators—I do use these rebuttals to help define and delineate the larger message I’m attempting to convey in my own work. I do hope you find them helpful in your pursuit of both psychological and spiritual health.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.