There isn’t a single thing (or person) in this world that I ‘hate’.
There is plenty that disturbs me, lots that makes me sad … some things get me angry for a little while.
But I don’t hate anything … except maybe anchovies.
One of my favourite meditations about achieving happiness and wisdom is by Rudolf Steiner:
Inner work has outer effects
Judge not, only listen
Don’t question aimlessly
Only behold. Love them all.
Outer experience has inner results.
Don’t avoid, only seek.
Be not defensive, only endure
until it is attained.
Quiet within, love without
Speak not, only hear
Don’t ask, only wait
Until it is given to you.
It has taken me many years of contemplation on this verse to really ‘get it’. And I imagine it will take many more years to internalize it and live it. Amma lives it.
My friend was lucky enough to receive a hug from Amma this weekend. Amma hugs anyone and doesn’t ask questions. Universal love for all. She doesn’t flinch if you are a bit smelly, she doesn’t refuse to touch you because you look or think different. She doesn’t even ask. She just gives you a great big cuddle same as anyone else. I wish I knew that Amma was here on the Gold Coast. If she can hug for three days straight I am sure willing to line up for hours to receive one!
I give you all a great big hug – from my heart to yours.
Even if you are a bit smelly 😉