I have joined my heart to thee: all that exists art thou. O Lord, beloved of my heart, thou art the home of all; where indeed is the heart in which thou dost not dwell?

– Jafar

Loving someone does not mean automatically acquiescing to their every whim. Sometimes love shows itself in saying no to an attitude or desire that is harmful. But your opposing must be done tenderly, without anger or condescension. This is a difficult art.

Go slowly. Remember that it is better not to react in the heat of the moment. Whenever time allows, don’t respond immediately. Speak and act when you can do so with patience and kindness. Remember, too, that the very best way to change someone is to embody that change with your own example.

Great lovers of God, like Teresa of Avila or Mahatma Gandhi, see the Lord in the heart of every person around them. This is the vision that enables them to treat others with love and respect even in the heat of opposition. It may take time, but no one is immune to this kind of love.

Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran

The homework is to learn how to see the best in every person. In the breadth of this experience see how it impacts how we show Love. Discover how taking our time can help us to practice more patience, kindness, and Love. Finally, review the basic tenants of the Yoga philosophy and see for yourself how practicing will support us all in this endeavor.

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