“Wear love everywhere you go.” – Colossians 3:14
We spend much of our lives in our thoughts, however, how much do we spend outside of ourselves?
The repetitive patterns that make up our daily thoughts are mostly the same, and have to do with the story that we have about ourselves, the world and particularly the people in our lives.
What story do you have about people and how does gender, race and sexual orientation color your perception of others?
Any preconceived ideas that we hold about other people is a filter that can be a barrier to connecting with them.
Each time we choose to despise or resent another person, we are choosing to reject a part of ourselves. We cut ourselves off from compassion which has no conditions.
What does it mean to be outside of yourself? It means to step outside of of your thinking and into the awareness, the field of presence that surrounds you.
When we are truly present, we are able to see others for who they really are, without judgment.
To truly see other people for who they really are is to see others with compassion because every person has experiences that have made them unique.
Every encounter we have with every single person in this world is an opportunity to love, to connect and to relate in a new way.
Each time that we connect with someone, there is an expansion in our hearts, there is a vibrational energy that resonates and grows within us. This particular vibration is the same frequency that attracts more love, abundance and opportunity into our lives.
Each time we judge, denigrate or look down on others, we cut ourselves off from receiving more love and abundance in our own lives.
Each time that we choose to love and accept others regardless of who or what they are, particularly if they are difficult to get along with, we invite greater forgiveness, compassion and acceptance into our lives.
Every time we connect with other people in this way, the way of loving them unconditionally, we are in essence living in alignment with our true purpose, our true essence.
When we live in alignment with who we really are, we experience joy and we desire to share that joy with others.
It is easy to judge and to look down on other people, especially if they are different from us. However, every time we do, it is only because there is a part of ourselves that we cannot accept and are attempting to reject through this projection.
The more you practice love and are able to connect with others, to see yourself in them, the more you also attract others to love you in the same way.
What would happen to our lives if we focused less on accumulating, attaining and doing, and more on being present to others, listening and genuinely attentive to the world around us?
What would this world be like if everyone practiced this and focused more on being present to this moment and to having authentic connections with other people?
Sometimes all it takes is a smile, a compliment, or eye contact, but it means a world of difference.
Our presence has an impact on others and it is powerful to recognize our own ability to impact others in a positive way, to walk with love wherever we go, no matter what.
How differently would you feel and act if you knew everyone around you accepted and loved you unconditionally?
Be that unconditional love and hold no conditions on extending this to other people, even if they seem superficial, judgmental or uninterested.
What matters is that you know who you are, be who you are regardless of how the world is.
When you vibrate this positive, loving energy, notice how the world around you changes.