The nation of Israel before and during the time of Jesus time failed to obey this most important law. and the Christians as a whole have failed to obey this law throughout history. Why?
Perhaps society has muddled the definition of love to the point where no one understands it.
Love is the desire and ability to put the needs of others ahead of one self. This means that if you love someone he or she it is more important to you than you are to yourself, and you have the ability to manifest that love through selfless actions.
If you have been following the program on this web site, you are well aware of our inherited selfish tendencies, we are self-oholics. This disease can prevent real love from growing within us because it will hold us back from thinking selflessly, we consider our self first and others next, it is the thinking process we were born with. Selfishness is the power behind wars, arguments, politics, famine, global warming, divorce, drug abuse, I could go on and on. It is the power behind suffering, evil, and wickedness. The world is drunk on it and addicted to it.
mindfulness skills you become aware of you selfish tendencies first hand and develop the power to steer you thoughts into a more positive direction. When you build compassion and forgiveness onto your foundation of thankfulness, generosity, acceptance, and patience a sense of love naturally grows within you, surprisingly you will feel it for people you hardly know. Deep feelings of joy and peace just happen. If you have been actually doing the program you know this, if you are skimming the material you most likely do not believe it.
Thinking Artfully is a ongoing process. Just as a tree requires the right ongoing conditions to mature and produce fruit each year, our minds need the proper ongoing conditions to produce the fruitage of Love, Joy and Peace. We need to prune negative selfish thoughts and constantly feed our minds with the nutrition that comes from thankfulness, generosity, acceptance and patience, while keeping our minds placed in the light of compassion and forgiveness.
One small seed can grow into a fruitful tree, one fruitful tree can grow into a fruitful forest.
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