Deliberately changing your ecosystem

I read these words by Maya Angelou, this weekend:

Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly through our veins. 

We all need love.  To live in an ecosystem full of that love.  And here is the thing.  If there is not enough love in our current ecosystem, then we have to do things to change that.

First it must start with us.  There is no love if we cannot love ourselves.  If we are busy punishing, despairing, being impatient, seeking for ourselves, keeping record of wrongs, then that is what we will bring to the situation around us.  But if we begin to love ourselves--and I believe more importantly--have faith that there is a God who loves us passionately and deeply, then what we bring to our own ecosystem changes things.

Love is power.

In fact, I believe it is the most powerful force in the universe and that it can transform.  If our religion has been reduced to political stances and a list of behaviors, then we have traded for a cheap substitute.

Once we begin to embrace love, then we begin to heal....and the coolest part is that it never just touches us, it spills over beautifully and abundantly to the space we live and work in.

Love isn't about "getting" someone to love us.  It starts from within.  And if we are feeling the lack of it, I believe there is a God who is waiting for us to invite Him in to love us.  We simply have to ask.
© Random Cathy
Maira Gall