In a couple of our recent meditation programs, a few people have brought up the question of ‘loving yourself’. The basis of this increasingly common idea/fad is that if you love yourself and feel good about yourself, then you radiate this love and you become a positive force of change for the better, and everybody wins. You love yourself, and you feel so good about that, that your love spreads everywhere – something like that. Oftentimes this idea is put forward as a part of Yoga practice, and superficially it may seem to be an enlightened outlook to have, but the reality is that it is a perversion of true Yoga teaching. Continue reading Loving Yourself?
Always wondering about the answer to life’s big question, what’s it all about? People oftentimes think that spiritual teachings are about some secret wisdom. The truth however is no great mystery – and we certainly don’t need to be big time philosophers to easily tune into it. It’s the most natural thing in the world – we want to love and be loved.
The real question then, is why is that love so elusive? When the famous actor Marlon Brando was at the peak of his fame in the 1950s – he was asked by a reporter, ‘What do you want from life’? His simple reply was that – ‘I want to be in love’. He obviously wasn’t talking about a sexual relationship, because this was a man who had as many of those as he wanted – and more. And yet still he was hungry for love. Were the women he had not beautiful enough, and that’s why he couldn’t truly love them? No. Like him, they were the cream of the crop – Hollywood’s finest (superficially speaking at least). Continue reading Don’t You Want Somebody to Love?