It is mind-boggling to try to make sense of why anyone would want to hurt anyone else. It's not OK. So we get angry. But as we consider this and other crimes, (including things like global warming) is that what we should get? Can you separate what needs to be done from what needs to be considered? What do you consider worthy of living and breathing space in your heart? Do I remember someone saying we should love, but ... only as long as x, y, z, ... and not 'those sinners' who are really bad?
But even considering that us normal folk who don't have the breadth of spirit or divine love required to rise above the transgressions and love regardless, as humans, do we really need to hate in order to take the action necessary to keep someone from hurting another? If someone needs to be put in prison to protect children, let's do that. The effect of letting our hearts fill with hatred as we shut the prison cell door, may be creating more than one prisoner. And more than one killer.
At the same time, I'm reminded of the students in SuperCoach Academy who, in their first weekend of training got the challenge of lifetime. To love unconditionally. One person. Or all of New York. Whatever you could hold in your heart.
It sounds so lovely, doesn't it? We want to think we are (and we also truly want to be) 'loving people'. We have great investment in that idea. We like that as an image of ourselves. But we've put less investment into the mental and heart shifts that are demanded of us when we try to open up to loving without conditions.
(gosh, could all of this be, perhaps, connected?)
The next week, March 19th, I talk to Greg Baer about Real Love. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience someone who really lives what he teaches.
Loving people is not an idea, it's a verb.
And you have to conjugate it.