“When giving to others do not linger on thoughts of a giving, what was given, or the one who has received.” HRH the Buddha
Have you ever thought of yourself as a messenger? There are so many ways that we deliver messages aren’t there? However, the way we deliver a message and what message we deliver can vary. For example: there are words that are both written or spoken; shared thoughts, prayers, and intentions; shared feelings and emotions; created or imagined images; sounds with varying frequencies and tones; gifts of many textures and colors are given; soil, water, and root systems deliver nutrients to plant life; and so much more. Hmmm. I wonder what the flower or tree feels or says to the soil, water and nutrients that sustain and nourish them? There are so many ways to be a messenger. How often do you deliver a message or a gift without expecting something in return? How often is it freely given – given from your heart – given with love?
I saw this quote that was posted recently on Facebook from Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer, poet, and visual artist. Through his beautiful imagery using a bee and flower’s exchange I felt it described what it means to be a messenger of love. It’s also a wonderful example of freely giving and receiving. He said “And now you ask in your heart, ‘How shall we distinguish that which is pleasurable from that which is not?’ Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flowers, but it is also the pleasure of the flowers to yield its honey to the bee. For to the bee, a flower is a fountain of life, and to the flower, a bee is a messenger of love, and to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.”
Aren’t there times that we are like the bee and the flower as we give and receive? Imagine finding pleasure as you deliver a gift or message to someone and they find pleasure in receiving it. In some cases, like the bee, the delivery might be your job and is needed. And yet, it’s still possible to be a messenger of love as you deliver your gift or message. Imagine both of you receiving pleasure from the exchange. How will your perspective change as you become a more conscious messenger of love? Khalil Gibran also reminds us that “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” Isn’t this another example of being a messenger of love?
How will you take a little time to distinguish what’s pleasurable and joyful and what is not for you this week? Will you recognize yourself as a messenger of love? I’m holding space for you and sending lots of love to each one of you.
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