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As the Beatles told us, “All you need is love” and how sure this is. Your highest vibration, your essence, who you really are, is pure love. When you love, you connect with the deepest part of yourself. The part of yourself which is always ready to present whatever you need in a perfect way, at exactly the right moment. If you make love the foundation of your actions, life flows. When you exclude love, life becomes a struggle.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi expressed it beautifully when he said, “Love shall forever shine on our way and the light will guide our steps, whether we go slow or fast. The light of love shall forever be with us on our way. Love shall forever be the anchor of life. We shall be in love and love shall be in us. We shall live in love, shall grow in love and shall find fulfillment in love eternal.”
In his book The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra recommends a series of loving practices for you to incorporate into your life. Meditation is the greatest loving practice you can follow. Meditation directly connects you to your field of love and allows you to reinstate its beauty in your life.
Meditation and the other loving practices you’ll explore merge the inner and outer worlds to create a life of love. Here are eight loving practices you can try to bring more love into your life.
Pure love manifests in life through the Heart Center. Repressed stresses, emotions, doubts, and fears all distort or block the flow of pure love.
Your first practice is to purify the Heart Center so your life is filled with and guided by love. To do this, try the following meditation:
At the end of the above exercise or separately, awaken or activate the qualities of your heart that may have been lying dormant with the following meditation:
Love has many other qualities. It is healing, nurturing, and nourishing—bringing a renewing sparkle to your life. Love is also fearless, powerful, and invincible, allowing you to feel safe and secure. Love is also compassionate and harmonious, and dissolves all your doubts and worries.
This practice is to ask for what you want from love. Which quality is important to you right now? Choose from one of the above qualities you were repeating, or something else, then try this meditation:
Pure love holds the message of truth. Its voice is always there whispering to you; you just need to learn to listen. When you don’t listen to love, you can have:
When you listen to love, you stop complaining and casting blame, you trust yourself and others, and you practice forgiveness and feel inspired.
As you purify your Heart Center, begin to ask its advice and listen. The answers will start flowing from pure love.
If you’re not sure whether the answers are coming from love or from your ego, ask your body how it feels:
Learn to think with your heart and love with your mind. Be open, alert, and connected to life. When the heart and mind combine, your thoughts and actions are inspired. Projections, fantasies, and judgments fall away, leaving you with clarity, insight, and compassion. Write down your inspirations whenever they arise and allow them to guide your journey.
Ambiguity makes life fascinating. Accept all aspects of yourself. Embrace your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Explore and embrace your shadows. To show your positive and negative qualities is to be complete. This is what makes you attractive. Start feeling good about yourself. When you accept the good and bad within yourself, you’ll find it easier to accept and forgive others.
Let love reflect your truth. Love no matter what.
Pure love is with you right now, always has been, always will be. Pure love is in the spaces between all the noise and activity. You glimpse love when you feel safe in a crisis, feel a deep silence within, lose track of time watching a beautiful sunset, or feel connected to everyone and everything.
You block the flow of love in your life because of the conditioning and behavioral habits you have imprisoned yourself within. Begin to look beyond the limitations you’ve created in your life. Look for pure love in everyday experiences. Attune yourself to love and let it be your guide. Nothing happens to you, it happens for you and everything that happens is necessary, because it happened. When you let go of limiting beliefs, you will rediscover yourself as Pure Love, which lacks nothing.
Surrendering to love is a process of nonattachment, letting go of how things have to be, stepping free of the ego, and opening to infinite possibilities.
The first step here is to be aware that you have choices and then begin making your choices consciously by listening to your heart:
Security comes from facing your inner fears, love is always here to support you.
It’s easy to see the love in those who you are close to but try to see love in everyone. Remember that everything out “there” is a reflection of what’s in “here.” Bringing your palms together in front of your Heart Center with the simple greeting Namaste, helps you to recognize the love in yourself is also the same as the love in others.
When you open yourself to love, when you live from love, and when you allow love to radiate to everyone you meet, your life will be filled with love and you will see the love in everything. Be the wise person and enjoy love’s bounty.
“Only love can save the world.” ~ Wonder Woman
Discover more practices for nurturing your heart with Meditations for the Heart, a 6-part collection with Devi Brown, available now inside the Chopra App.