Being, Experiencing, Comforting

BEING LOVE
We offer you this inspiration from last week's Where's the Spirit newsletter call for reflections on being love:

"Being love sounds overly intimidating but I don't want it to be. To be anything, we must practice. Each day that we practice loving those in our lives, we are being love. Love is not perfect. We are human beings, imperfect by nature, so let's embrace that. Each day that we practice love, we are being love." 
                                    - An inspired Where's the Spirit Reader

For more, read Still Harbor's staff and community reflections on being love here.

In what ways do you practice being love? How have you  integrated daily acts of love into your life? Send us your reflections to info@stillharbor.org.

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EXPERIENCING LOVE
True Love: Working with the Immeasurables 
by Perry Dougherty
Still Harbor Blog: Meditations & Reflections

How do you define true love? What conditions of mind and/or heart comprise these experiences of love? In this reflection on the meaning of St. Valentine’s Day, Dougherty offers Buddhism’s four immeasurables (or divine conditions of mind) as a framework for practicing true love this year. By celebrating this approach to love, she reminds us “Whether we are seeking the experience of true love within ourselves, in relationship to others, or in relationship to all of humanity, God, or the universe, knowing and experiencing true love is a practice and orientation of the heart and mind.”

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COMFORTING LOVE
Spirituality: A stranger’s silence can be more comfort than words 
by Norris Burkes
DNJ.com

How do you offer comfort and solace to others? What has given you comfort in moments of sadness and grief? In this account of an experience as a hospital chaplain, Burkes reminds us that “The right words aren’t nearly as important as the right presence.” Simply sitting honestly along side another person with an open presence may be the most powerful act of comfort. How might you offer your loving presence to others in their times of need?

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