I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
The potential of this choice is profoundly game changing, because when we choose to keep our hearts open in a big uncertain world, the warm bright energy of that openness flows back to us, and the world doesn’t feel nearly as big, nor uncertain. I know, because I’ve felt it.
And when we instead choose to play it safe and close our hearts, the resulting cool and distant energy we emit, flows right back to us, and the world feels like a risky place to spend our days. I’ve felt this too.
Choosing love really comes down to small things: smiling at a stranger, dropping an argument, assuming the best, because these choices create a life where we feel connected to something bigger than ourselves, and this feels good. And when we feel good, hate is a language we just don’t understand. (The color of the heart chakra, or Anahata, is green. To feel the sensation of a open heart, sit quietly with your hands on your chest, breath slowly, and imagine the color green. Notice what you feel.)