Sidewalk Bends

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Posts Tagged ‘unconditional love

When We Were Young

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children hanging in a treeRemember me when we were young?
I am the same person you loved.

Remember me when we were innocent?
My soul knows no different.

Remember me when we used to laugh?
My heart still dances.

Remember me when we were happy?
I left my expectations behind.

Remember me when we held no secrets?
I could not judge.

Remember me when we hung on trees?
I had no care in the world.

Remember me when I was just like you?

photo credit: Getty

Sweetest Perfection

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Can you love me enough to see past my flaws?
Can you love me enough to see me through life?
Can you love me enough to let me fall?
Can you love me enough to let me pick myself up?
Can you love me enough to give me a pat on the back?
Can you love me enough to give me words of encouragement?
Can you love me enough to be yourself?

When I mope and throw a fit, I just want to be loved.
When I scream, I just want to be loved.
When I cry, I just want to be loved.
When I’m alone and hide, I just want to be loved.

I just want to be loved. Can you love me enough?

In the Service of God

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caring handsBy the will of God/Allah all things are done. Without divine will, our actions, our words and our prayers fall on deaf ears. To call oneself a guide is to lose sight of God, and all that is possible through unconditional love. When we begin to assert ourselves as masters of the universe, or sages in a sea of misplaced prophets, then we’ve done nothing but fool ourselves.

To please God, should one be in the service of others or should one simply be, because that is who they are? What if being in the service of others also required instruction and direction by those who would claim themselves as authorities over that which is freely known? Can we be so bold as to say what pleases God? Can we be so bold to preach unity, acceptance and unconditional love and in the same breath of action, live under a hierarchy created by those who would see themselves as closer to the Divine? Do we seek to please God, or do we seek to please those in the gallery? Everyone is watching, but can we choose to be ourselves?

Perhaps to guide is to be, not because we are told, but because in being ourselves, we praise that which God created. In allowing others to be and in guiding others and ourselves towards self-acceptance and acceptance of others, we praise divine creation.

Fighting Resentment

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resentmentHow much can we give of ourselves before we break? How much is too much? Is there such a thing as too much when we are all here to help one another? Does it make us selfish to take a step back; even if that means someone we are trying to help sinks back as well? Are the fruits of our actions more important than the intent, or does our desire to do good outweigh any consequence?

Often times when we help someone, we want so much for another person to change, or a given outcome, that when that change does not come, we become resentful. We become resentful that we put our efforts and energy into something that was not accepted. We become resentful that our words were not heard. We become resentful that what was heard or accepted was not fully on the mark. We become resentful that what was supposed to be easy was made more difficult.

Perhaps the lesson is not just for the person to be had, but for us. If we truly gave freely, would there be a need to see a desired outcome? If we truly wanted what was best for another person, would we not allow that person to seek understanding in the best way possible for them, even if we do not understand the reasons ourselves? If we truly sought the best for another person, would we not stop measuring the benefits to ourselves? To give freely, is to love without condition. To love without condition is to have compassion and understanding in the face of suffering.

Satisfied?

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When will your soul be satisfied?
Will it be satisfied when it has found eternal bliss?
Will it be satisfied when it has found its master?
Will your soul be satisfied after you’ve lived a saint’s life?

When will your mind be satisfied?
Will it be satisfied when it can be convinced of the truth?
Will it be satisfied when it can hide its lies?
Will your mind be satisfied when your heart takes a backseat?

When will your heart be satisfied?
Will it be satisfied when it remembers unconditional love?
Will it be satisfied when it no longer aches?
Will your heart be satisfied when it’s seated at the thrown?

When will you be satisfied?

Peaceful Attainment

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Love yourself unconditionally.
Love others unconditionally.
Seek understanding in all conflicts.
Bring unconditional love and peace to all aspects of your life.
Live in the moment.
See yourself in all of creation.

Written by Sidewalk Bends

March 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Not Guilty by Association

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Muammar GaddafiHaving ties to a criminal, murderer, or rapist does not make a person these things by association. Rejecting hate does not mean rejecting a person who hates. Rejecting murder does not mean rejecting the murder. Rejecting rape does not mean rejecting the rapist. We can abhor these acts, but does it require one to disown and disentangle oneself from those who may have committed these acts? By doing so, does it not just feed the hate? To suddenly dislodge oneself from close association with someone because of their actions, does not bring a person closer to understanding, or love. Instead, it promotes the demonization of individuals. It turns individuals into symbols and idols, to either be worshiped or cursed. To cast another aside is to elevate oneself above all others. To bring into the fold is to show compassion, and understanding. To show compassion and understanding, is to give an invitation to unconditional love.

Creative Will to Explore

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exploring darknessFree will cannot be taken away. The creative will to explore and to be oneself cannot be taken away. The physical body can be imprisoned, shackled and tortured, but the free will of the spirit and soul cannot be removed. Some may try to influence others through overt or concealed deception, but these deceptions are meaningless because the heart cannot be deceived. Whether through deceptive words, appearances, or actions, the heart knows truth, and is the seat of unconditional love. The mind, if allowed, is a door for all else. It knows what it knows, based on what it is told, sees, and experiences. When working with the heart, it acts like a gatekeeper. By itself, and left unchecked, it can be an oppressor.

To influence the heart, is to speak the truth and to speak openly without judgment or condemnation. To influence the mind, is to appeal to the ego. To remove undue influence, quiet the mind so that the heart may be heard. If it cannot be heard, wait. If one cannot wait, then Be.

Golden Snake

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golden snakeDamning the snake does not bring resolution. Speaking ill of the snake does not bring the snake closer to the truth and to understanding. Hate fought with hate brings more hate. Anger fought with anger brings more anger. Hate and anger, shown love, brings light.

Speak no ill will toward your enemy for your enemy is your brother and sister in truth. None is held more dear to the Creator than the other. None shall enter into the kingdom before the other, for none can walk before the other. When we speak ill of others, we drown ourselves in discontent. When we lift others up, we also lift ourselves. For in understanding the struggles of others, we may also understand our own struggles, for the left is tied to the right.

Do not wallow in the misery of the snake but instead bring him closer to the infinite joy within. Allow the snake to be a snake and recognize its own joy.

Written by Sidewalk Bends

February 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

Grant Me Strength

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A prayer:

Grant me strength that I may accept love through my heart.
Grant me strength that I may share the love in my heart.

During my times of weakness, allow me to remember who I am.
During times of strength, allow me to help others remember who they are.

During times of conflict allow others to see how they have affected me.
During times of conflict allow me to see how I have affected others.

Written by Sidewalk Bends

February 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm