Empathy And Companionship

Quite often, when someone else is suffering, we assume they need what we would need if we were in the same situation.  However, we all deal with suffering differently.  We all need different things, at least on a superficial level, when we are struggling with life’s difficulties.  But, deep down, we all want to know…

An Internal Refuge

“The only way to survive these times is if you have a meditation practice.” – Gabby Bernstein, 2016 Five years after this statement was made, it is truer now more than ever.  By all measure, the outside world seems to be growing evermore chaotic and confusing by the day.  On the whole, we are more…

Solitude And Counsel

Sometimes our prayers are answered in silence.  Other times, they are answered through people.  We never know which it will be.  So, we need both.  We need solitude, reflection, and contemplation so that we can create a willing space in our hearts to receive inspiration and guidance.  Likewise, we need counsel from others who behave…

A Love Never Withdrawn

Whether consciously or subconsciously, I have long held the belief that if I make the wrong decision, take the wrong action, or even have the wrong intention, God will abandon me, that He* will withdraw His love, and that He will punish me with His absence.  But, this is not how God behaves.  God’s love…

Love Is Selfless

Love makes us want to take away the pain of others.  It does not want others to feel pain, including our own pain.  Love is generous and patient.  It does not force itself on others, making demands and insisting on having its’ way for threat of consequences.  Love is forgiving.  It does not punish others…