Love and our Experience of Life

When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. ~Natalie Clifford Barney.

Imagine life to be like a camera:  The amount of light in the picture is determined by the size of the aperture at the time the picture is taken.  For most of us most of the time, our experience of life and its potential for joy is severely limited by the constriction of our own hearts.  It’s as though an aperture is shut, at least partially, that could be completely open.  The joy we seek lies less in something new happening and more in our opening our hearts more fully to the love in our lives already.  Only love can make us happy, and only we ourselves can determine its presence or absence inside our hearts.  To acknowledge love is to increase its capacity to heal us; to ignore love is to let it slip away.  ~ Marianne Williamson  ~

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