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“Expanding Our Love”–Daily Metta

“The more we give up our attachment to the physical frame of the person we love, the purer and more expansive our love grows.”

-–Gandhi (Letter to ashramite Prabhudas, 2-2-18, from Day to Day with Gandhi, vol. 1, p. 21)

Another term for nonviolence is love-in-action. It’s not always an apt term, because what is not active about love? When seen in its true form, it’s ever active, ever at work.

Love is both a precious and infinite resource–the more we love, the more we are able to love, and the deeper we can love others. It has no limit. You never reach the “end of love.” While other people can teach us lessons about love, they are not the source of love. Love is its own source and we are expressions, embodiments if you will, of it, not the other way around.

The more powerful we make our love, the “purer and more expansive” it becomes, the more powerful we become. When we resist, we do it in the name of love, not in the name of hatred. When we create, we create not for the few or even simply the majority, we build for everyone. That’s love.

Experiment in Non-violence

Think about Gandhi’s advice for today. Do you have a relationship where you might begin to apply this teaching in your life? Dare to try.



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