This is the day dedicated to love… Valentine’s Day. I think many of us likely think of some kind of partnership love or romantic love when we think of Valentine’s Day with its hearts and Cupids. I also know that can be a real ‘one off’ for many who aren’t in a partnered situation. I did my research! But what if we didn’t think of love as an emotion, what if it was more a state of being, a lens we look through when we look out and see our worlds and who we are in them?
I love the idea of looking at love as a beingness and a way of approaching our experiences from a heart-centred place.
As most of you know, we’ve sold our office/classroom building, the Pandosy Peace Centre. The great sort-keep-chuck-recycle work is in progress. Several of you have come out to be a part of this process, and I am so grateful to each of you for being with me in what I’ve discovered to be quite an emotional letting go experience. I’ve shared a lot of tears in the last couple of days. I know they’re tears of love. I feel the love that’s been invested in those buildings since November 1999 and I feel the love that’s come through those helping to close the doors to this phase of our spiritual community’s experience.
While going through some paperwork (and believe me, there’s tons of it), I notice each file and each piece of paper brings back fond recollections of people and experiences. No wonder it takes me a long time to sort! But I’m loving rekindling those memories.
I thought I’d share some comments with you that I found in a file folder. They came from the Dedication Ceremony we held for our brand new building back in 1999. We had those who were present write down their intentions for the various rooms — the offices, the kitchen, the reception areas, in particular.
Here’s just a small sampling of what was envisioned:
“A haven of transformation.”
“A prism to disburse divine light.”
“A place of wisdom, compassion and understanding.”
“Oxygen for the flames of light and love.”
“A place of laughter, beauty and togetherness.”
I love that I recognize the handwriting of many of these authors: Wynn Jamieson, Margaret Smith (Timuss), Yvonne Davidson.
What beautiful reminders of the love that our spiritual community was, is, and will be!
From my heart to yours, Dr. Deborah
“Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.”
— Eckhart Tolle
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