"Everyone has to love something even if its just tortillas." - Chogyam TrungpaWe all love. There is nothing we can do about that. It is our nature to love. The question is, Will this love be intentional or will it get tied up in some mindless waste of time like video games or TV?
There is an element of will power involved with love. Love has to be disciplined. In fact, we must become a disciple of love. This means that when we find what we love, we must do whatever it takes to stay with that. In this sense, discipline is a fidelity to truth, as it manifests within the context of our life.
Love is uncompromising. We must give our self wholly and completely over to it. Nothing can stand in the path of love—not relationships, not work, fear, pride, or naysayers: internal or external. You may say, "I do not have time to paint, or go mountain biking, to write, or play music. I have to make a living." But in fact, you do not have time not to love. To love is to be who you truly are. It is to follow your heart.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." Matthew 6:25-34
Whatever stands in the way of love must be destroyed on the spot, lest we misplace our journey with worry.This is the path of the spiritual warrior. It takes courage to abandon your self to love. To abandon worry and follow blindly the stirrings of your heart. But it is also not an option. If you do not do it, your life will begin to unravel from the inside. You will be prey to misery. So, if the courage is not there, I urge you to cultivate that courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, but, as Chogyam Trungpa said, the willingness to move forward with your knees knocking.
The universe is forever calling us back to who we truly are, back to our true Self. This calling is heard in our passion. Learning how to love, how to live an impassioned life is the only way to effect change in a world that is generic and mass produced. If painting is your passion then paint; if writing brings you joy then grab a pen; if it is charity or service work that sets your heart on fire then give your Self—your whole self, holding nothing back.