Share the Love

On this day before Valentine’s Day, I am feeling inspired by the incredible evening I had last night at the JCC in Manhattan.  (Thank you Sharon!)  I was thrilled to attend an evening with Sharon Salzberg entitled, “How Meditation Changes the Lives of Inner City Youth.”  Sharon was joined by the three founders of the Holistic Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities.  Andres Gonzalez, and brothers Atman and Ali Smith, the co-founders of the program, spoke about their journey to bring yoga, mindfulness and meditation to the inner city youth of Baltimore.  Many of these children live in a world of crime, drugs, poverty and violence.  These incredible men have changed the lives of so many young people by sharing their love, showing them respect and by teaching them tools to cultivate compassion, empathy and resilience.  So, on this day before Valentine’s Day, a holiday filled with flowers, chocolates and romance, I am deeply reminded of the incredible power of love — how it feels, how healing it can be and how important it is to share it freely with others.  In my mediation practice, I often practice Lovingkindness, in which I offer myself a little love (which is often hard to do – it’s much easier to offer self-doubt and judgment), I offer those in my life my love (that’s the easy part), I offer those who are difficult and challenging to me my love (which can be quite healing), and, finally, I offer my love to everyone in the world (since there is so much hate and violence out there, I figure this couldn’t hurt).  As the men from the Holistic Life Foundation say, we should all be “Love Zombies” and share the one thing that can unite us and heal us – love.  Happy Valentine’s Day to all and may tomorrow and each day be filled with love!!!

May all beings be happy ♡