Motivation and Love

Basically, we are motivated about something when we have a reason to act in a certain way related to the thing. For example, there are many motivations for work thirty five or more hours a week, like enjoy doing something useful for others, or expressing our potentialities through a well-done work, or even simply for money, indeed, this last possibility often is more a need than a motivation.

One meaning of love is to have a strong liking for, to take great pleasure in something. We even can do something simply because we love it. So love is a motivation. Reflecting a bit, when we are doing something we really enjoy, we can say we love do it, no more motivations are needed. Even people working for earn lots of money, do it because they “love money”. Being more subtle, people who work simply for live also are motivated for to live well, for  don’t fall in poverty, because they love themselves enough for act in this way.

So, consider this statement: ultimately, all motivation is based in love for something, maybe for ourselves, for our family, friends, for a well-done work, for power o money, etc. Without love there are not any motivation for act.

Let me go further: all things surrounding us are created by any motivation, so by love; the building where you live, for enjoy a warm and secure home, so for self-love, self-care, the streets, cars, many services at our disposal, are motivated for give a good environment to the society, so for care, for love to it. Thinking in this way, the reader can realize how many implicated is love as ultimate motivation in all the human creations.

Now we go even further: what is the motivation, if any, of life in itself? Science, pragmatically, says as there are not any motivation, things simply happened … although is impressively unlikely the complexity of life arises and evolves without any motive, but science, for their own nature, has to maintain  their statements. What about love as ultimate motivation for life? Why our billions of cells are working together, cooperating in an incredible sophisticated way, for maintain our body alive? Is life unmotivated? Try to consider, for a moment, that love is also the motivation of all life; try to meditate on it, with open mind, without judgment, simply observing the resonances of such concept.

Similarly, all the creation, from the big explosion named Big Bang, up to the present Universe, is an evolution from nothing at all up to cosmos we have and we live into. No motivation? Random creation and evolution? Science must say it, is mandatory for any scientist think in such way, but again, try to consider there are a motivation underlying, a primal motivation, the same from the entire cosmos, up to every human being. Adopting uncountable forms, such primary love impulses, motivates all the dynamic of the cosmos. Try to meditate in it, with open mind, and the results will come.

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Happiness is hidden in a corner of your heart

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Bridge over the abyss. Source: flickr.com

The river of life runs between the banks of pain and pleasure. The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.
You are not passing through life, you are here because you are life.
You are this twig of conscious life rocking on the swing of existence.

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The candle flame expands its light. Source: 365consejosparaserfeliz.blogspot.com.es

 

When you discover the flower that springs every morning in the heart of the friend, the love that unites eclipses the mind that separates.
Reason tells you that you are barely anything in the immensity of the cosmos, but the heart assures you that you are everything.
The flower fills the space with its perfume, the candle flame expands its light. Neither the flower nor the flame do anything; and yet they change everything by their mere presence.

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Every drop of the ocean carries the scent of the ocean. Every moment of your life carries the fragrance of the eternal.

 

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Happiness is hidden in a corner of your heart. Sleep quiet, oblivious to your anxiety, waiting for you to wake her up.
Your real being is love itself and the multitude of your loves are its reflection.

-Mario Carrillo-

Thomas Merton’s way of life

Thomas Merton was a catholic writer and mystic, a trappist monk, and a pioneer in interfaith communication, specially with Asian religions and philosophies. Recently I have found a proposal about way of life, written by Merton, in the form of ten rules. Yet Merton was a monk, I think this rules can be applied to every person that are searching for a happy, joyful and fullness in their life, so I’m sharing here them, with some short comments of my own.

1. Meditate. Search for a meditation technique that fits your personality. Or, alternatively, be contemplative for a while in Nature or at home, alone. And do it daily, almost for a half an hour.

2. Live ethically. Try to make your life a positive contribution for people. Work ethically; if you can’t, consider to change your work. Don’t worry too much for money and successful career, at last, all these stuff are secondary. 

3. Live responsibly. You always have to know who you really are, who you are to be and what you are to do. If you don’t, then stop, think deeply and wait until you know it.

4. Have dreams and or goals. They give you the strong needed for surface the difficults of the daily life, and give you long-term perspective.

5. Work your mystic side. Enjoy art and music. Expand your sense of self, achieving higher states of awareness. The greater sense of self is achieved through losing yourself first.

6. Be intimate with Nature. Take daily note of the sky, the Sun, the Moon, the stars. Observe and be astonished with plant life.

7. Be partially a monk. Adapt any variety of monasticism to your life. Read deeply, study. Enjoy and honor the good food, the community.

8. Search for bliss. Not only for temporal happiness, entertainment, possessions, etc, but bliss. Think you are now in the right place doing what you must to do.

9. Develop your philosophy of life. Don’t follow the crowd, be free. Take the road less taken. Think about what you really are and want.

10. Learn form the spiritual traditions. Is not needed to join or believe, just learn. Find insights and meditations methods, and try them. Don’t separate secular from sacred.

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Thomas Merton (image from Wikipedia)