"Love is unlimited, but it needs scope to expand and rise; without that scope, life is unhappy."
—Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
This quote came from a friend, and I like the thought that love is a given, and our job is to provide it with a means of moving and expanding—so we can actually experience what it feels like. I'm thinking that this is a worthy motive for 2009—to experiment with making a bigger love container, a stretchier, perhaps even more detailed, experience of what love can feel like. We hold an unconscious idea that love should come to us, that we should deserve love to flow TO us. But truly, it is our job to feel love, to extend it to others, or to invest loving attention or expectations in situations, which moves it.
If you feel your aura as a "love ball" and expand it so it becomes more inclusive, you'll experience those people and situations inside your aura as lovable. How expansive and inclusive can we be in 2009? What people and things that we have previously excluded from love, can we now include in love—in other words, can we feel love as it exists in its particular form in what we've previously judged negatively?
Here's an idea: as the new year begins, write in your journal, or on your computer, describing how you feel you're successful at loving, and how you feel deficient at it. Put it aside and determine to be loving in new ways this year. At the end of 2009, get the document out and write about your growth toward being more loving. . .and in what new ways you've discovered that love works to create greater success.