Love, Joy, Peace

There is very well know account in the Bible book of Mark where one of the teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Of all the
commandments, which is the most important?", “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

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.
  • a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
  • a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
  • sexual passion or desire.
  • a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
  • (used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see a movie, love?
  • a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.
  • sexual intercourse; copulation.
  • affectionate concern for the well-being of others: the love of one's neighbor.
  • strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything: her love of books.
  • the object or thing so liked: The theater was her great love.
  • the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.
  • Chiefly Tennis . a score of zero; nothing. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter L.
Let us consider a simple, more reasonable explanation for what love is.

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.

When you develop your 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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