How to Love someone, with all your heart, in 5 easy steps.
It must be easy, especially when you love them with all your heart. How many of us, however, have passed the test posed by the Bible, Quran or any of the Noblest Values demonstrated by the wisest of men and women in our stories.
Just looking at 1 Corinthians 13:4–7, for instance:
Our Love is not always patient, kind, envious, is boastful and proud. It does, on occasion, dishonour, is self-seeking, easily angered, and keeps records of wrongs. Records that can be brought up years later!
It would be so great, if our love did not delight in evil but rejoiced with the truth. It always protected, always trusted, always hoped and persevered.
In “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, Mahmoud Mostafa declares that “Love is the beginning and end of Islam. To understand this, we must journey deep into the heart of our tradition, to its essential roots, to the original revelation, to the living example of the Prophet, peace be upon him, and to the men and women of countless generations who embodied the wisdom of his teachings and manifested this love in their being.” It is a love that’s “heal(s) the heart with forgiveness, acceptance, understanding, and amazement.”
The Loving Kindness meditation, asks us to send compassion (love) to someone who has hurt us or we are fearful of meeting and ends with the words:
May we all be well, healthy and strong:
May we all be happy.
May we all abide in peace
May we all be forgiven and forgiving
May we all feel safe and secure
May we all feel loved and cared for.
The passage from Corinthians, mentioned above ends with the words: there are three things that last; Faith Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love so maybe it’s easy and can be done in one step. In the words of the Beatles
“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need