"Emanate love to all in your sphere without distinction or prejudice."
--Sunyata Satchitananda from the website www.mythiclove.net
I went to a Holiday concert this week that a friend of mine and her children were performing in. It was a lovely performance; the director was enthusiastic, the songs were uplifting and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
There was one woman in the choir who particularly stood out for me. She was standing in the back, not doing anything special, but as she sang she just radiated love.
I watched her closely throughout the whole concert, trying to figure out her secret. I studied her face to try and see what was different.
Physically, there was nothing special about her face. It was more attractive then some, less attractive than others, but a pretty basic human face. Still, there was something about it that went beyond the physical.
Her face was open. Her face was loose and broad and radiant. Her face was smiling all the time.
I kept finding myself thinking: I want to do that.
And asking the question that followed: How do you do that?
As I continued to look at the woman with the radiant face what I saw was Total Acceptance. Of herself and of others. She truly loved herself and therefore had no reason to hate anyone else.
I know that I am not there yet, but I hope that's where I'm headed.