As part of the grounding and “settling into the space” ritual at the start of one of my morning yoga classes last month, my yoga instructor shared an insight she had gleaned from watching a movie the previous day. She discussed this rather intense film, describing a scene in which one character is talking with another about her feelings toward someone who committed a horrible crime that hurt her immensely. My yoga teacher relayed the take-home message of this scene, and ultimately the film, as one involving the ways in which hate only serves to hurt the person who is hating and doesn’t affect the individual who is the target of such hate. She so clearly shared with us the ways that hate eats us up inside and makes us feel bad. And she reminded us that the person we’re hating, well, she/he isn’t really changed or affected in any way. That person is simply living life, not experiencing the negativity and hatred that we are carrying. So…choose love.
Why choose love? Especially when we’re angry, hurt, or upset? Because love feels good. Love fills us up. Love elevates us. Love begets more love. Love simply feels better. Love is always the answer. Today felt like such a fitting time to share this story with you. And to remind me of the better path. Choose love.
Happy Valentine’s Day. xoxo