The Zen and Tao of love
Although the nature or essence of love is a subject of frequent debate, different aspects of the word can be clarified by determining what isn’t love (antonyms of “love”). Love as a general expression of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like) is commonly contrasted with hate(or neutral apathy).
No matter how intuitive you may be, how deep your understanding of spirituality, or how advanced your mental clarity, the fact remains that in your spiritual practice you will need to explore how the appropriate application of your love, individual talents, and resources, can help you create a life of joy, contentment, happiness, and wisdom.
Many of the basic ideas concerning love are drawn from Zen and Taoism. Both traditions are in alignment with what I call the “Wisdom Path.” They each approach spirituality and love through metaphor and poetic thought while guiding one to surrender rigid ideas of what is ’love’ Each of these paths has subtle differences that dissolve once one masters either one. Though I acknowledge each, it is best to ignore the differences between these two approaches from the beginning if possible.
The intention here is to learn to live life fully, with little or no unnecessary struggle. Doing this doesn’t require a label. It is love in action.
A core element of embracing love is the sitting meditation originating with the Soto School of Zen. This approach has come to be known as zazen. Also integrated into the heart of the Wisdom Path is the exploration of kōans as practiced in the Rinzai Zen School, and the altered states of consciousness associated with various aboriginal shamanic traditions. These unique states of consciousness often arise organically through deep introspection, meditation, and contemplation.
The Wisdom Path is a community of like thinkers who focus on love. We not only integrate practices drawn from the great spiritual traditions but also include contemporary ideas related to Game Theory, Quantum Physics, meditation, trance states, and Artificial Intelligence. Most of all the concept of the Wisdom Path is not static — It is a vibrant inquiry into “What is love” and what might be love in action? The aim of all of this is essentially the same — enlightenment or rather awakening to the power of love.
This love grows over time. we understand the different types of love out there, we can become conscious of how deep our connection is with ourselves and the other people in our lives.
While exploring the nature of love there few experiences more fulfilling than love, the love that is most closely associated with interpersonal relationships.
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About the Author: Lewis Harrison, is a student of love. A Results-Oriented Life Coach, speaker, and strategist specializing in Self Improvement, Personal Development, Love, and Happiness.
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