A relatively new subscriber to my blog who lives in India sent me a wonderful letter the other day and a follow-up letter that included a question:
Following one’s heart does tend to lead one at the right place and I have understood that very well. But does nature set an environment to comfort one as well if one just keeps going in the ups and downs of life and just follow that basic feeling of ‘loving’ to do something.
That is a great question and I’ve often thought about the suggestion made by many to do what you love to do and that happiness will follow. In my experience there is a great difference between doing what you love and loving what you do. Sometimes the two line up, sometimes they don’t.
It is easy to do what you love to do, but the greater challenge in living is to infuse all that you do with love, whether you are comfortable or not. If you infuse all that you do with love – every thought, word and deed – you are discharging one of the central responsibilities of your incarnation. And when you do what you came here to do in this sense, you are blessed with the most profound sense of peace and comfort available to man.
You needn’t swim far below the surface of a body of water to experience the relative stillness of the waters below the often turbulent surface. Most people, having not yet come to the point where they remain centered in love in all things, find themselves tossed with waves when the winds are contrary. Their sense of calm comes and goes with the ups and downs of life. But it need not be that way for you.
That’s not to say that you will never feel uncomfortable if you truly let love radiate without concern for results. In fact, this has so much the exception on earth today that it is more likely that you will feel uncomfortable on the surface much of the time. Deep down, however, you will be at peace and the surface agitation will hardly catch your attention. This, incidentally, is why most have confused the state of centering in love with martyrdom through the ages. But that assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s really the only way to live, to truly live.