Still Waters

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.

7 thoughts on “Still Waters

  • I am very thankful that there is a constant place of peace available, regardless of what is happening in the physical world. This question and answer ties in with the post from yesterday, as one way of getting below the turbulent waters is to always keep in first in your heart what is right about any situation, in other words what you have to be thankful for. This is a way of infusing love in everything you do regardless of your affinity for it.

  • Infusing what I’m doing with love has often created significant shifts in the task or role. I found things I genuinely enjoyed that I had not realized prior to accepting it. I was also able to see that it was a means to an end. The end being a contribution to the fulfillment of what I’ve recognized as my purpose in this life. This brings a innermost peace that I’ve found is uniquely visited upon me when contributing to the fulfillment that purpose. I’ve seen it as an acknowledgement. Wonderful post, timeless subject.

  • This is an excellent question and I find your response spot on with my experience. As you say Gregg, the key is not to let the surface agitation take ownership. Some moments appear to be more “tragic headline news” than others – the key is allowing my heart and mind to work together to find resolution. Seems to me that if we keep reminding ourselves to bring our attention back to purpose, with this focus we naturally bring love into all that we do.
    I spent a life time of searching the perfect job, the perfect location to live, the perfect friends…to “do what I love”…my current conclusion is, as you say, “bring love to everything I do” – regardless of circumstances and surface turbulence – there is a calm centering we can each tap into just below the surface, it takes conscious practice.

  • I learned a long time ago is that if I did what I loved that I would have a pretty miserable time on this earth as for one I would be constantly broke (both financially and spiritually) I am certain. Let’s face it, not too many make it in golf, bowling or playing cards.

    So instead I learned to love what I do. And by loving what I do I was able to take ownership of it and raise it to a higher level than what I had seen of it before. To me this is the opportunity and responsibility that we all have; love what we do and be committed to taking it to the highest level of which one is capable.

    The nice thing about doing it this way is that you will always be focusing on assisting and providing value for others, regardless of the vocation. And by doing so you will than be doing both what you love to do and infusing it with love.

  • Thanks Gregg
    I appreciate the distinction here.
    Oft times the surface is confused to be the deep, unnecessiraly.
    That’s where the runaway train comes screaming along.
    It’s great to know that given a moment, the deep is always present and can be brought up to the surface.
    Looking forward to excercising this more thoroughly!

  • Loving what you do fills all the spaces in living. Doing what you love is just a part of the experience of living and can easily be spoiled by over doing it. Your words are complete and make for a wholisitic living experience.

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