Updated: Jan 21, 2021
What is love? The absence of fear. Said the master.
What is it we fear? Love. Said the master.
Love and fear seems always complicate each other. We love someone but we also fear to lose them. Or we are in loved but we fear the moment we aren’t. I used to read somewhere that we were born with love and the fear was learned. So why we learn to fear or even fear to love?
In yoga, love is related to our heart chakra. There is one very important role of heart chakra - transcending personal identity and limitation of the ego. This is the most difficult part and I may assume this might be the source of our fears too.
This reminds me the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote in the Tao Te Ching, “Through Love, one has no fear.” More than 500 years later, Saint John the Apostle said the same thing: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
If fear was learnt, then I believe love can be a practice! We could start from self-practicing and slowly become the person that love.
Here is the mantra I found it practical and meaningful. Please practice it everyday if you could.
I am open to the deep reservoir of love in my heart.
I am loving and I am loved!
I am thoughtful, compassionate, and committed to the unfolding of others.
I take delight and joy in the success of others.
I open my heart to embrace the world as one human family.
I willingly let go of the past and forgive myself and others.
Print it out or make a copy. Remind yourself every day or even during the meditation. Practice often then we shall love. 🙏
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什麼是愛？沒有恐懼，大師說。我們擔心什麼？愛，大師說。愛與恐懼似乎總是彼此交織。我們愛一個人，但我們也害怕失去他們。或者我們正在相愛，但也害怕自己不再愛的那一刻。我曾經看過一段話 - 我們一出生就擁有愛，而恐懼則是透過學習而來的。那麼為什麼我們學會恐懼甚至恐懼去愛？
這讓我想起了中國哲學家老子在《道德經》中寫道：“通過愛，人們沒有恐懼。” 500多年後，使徒聖約翰也說了類似的話 - “愛中沒有恐懼。但是完美的愛會驅散恐懼，因為恐懼與懲罰有關。恐懼的人不能在愛情中變得完美。”