'YOUR TASK IS NOT TO SEEK FOR LOVE, BUT MERELEY TO SEEK AND FIND ALL THE BARRIERS WITHIN YOURSELF THAT YOU HAVE BUILT AGAINST IT.' - Rumi
Falling in love is the experience of sensual love (eroticism) coupled with the hope that the dreamlike idea that we create from our counterpart will make us happy.This form of love is very volatile and leads to disappointment and suffering without the qualities of a deep friendship. In order to experience the happiness of deep love in a long-term relationship, we must be willing to accept and be aware of the pleasant, neutral and unpleasant feelings that arise in contact.The cultivation of mindfulness, kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity helps us to recognize and let go of the biggest obstacles of love (anger, desire, ignorance,jealousy, envy and pride). When we free ourselves from the illusion of lack and fear of real closeness, we can leave the painful circle of entertaining and superficial relationships and immerse ourselves in the salutary bliss of true love.
PRACTICE • Visualization: "Being love" • "From the Illusion of Deficiency to Abundance" • "Rejection, Desire, and Indecision" • Group Exercise: "Namaste - Meeting Your Loving Qualities"
THEORY • The 4 forms of conditional love • The 4 elements of deep love