Love is all there is.
Even when your world doesn't seem to reflect it. Rumi, Emily Dickinson, and Gary Zukav all agree, “Love is all there is.” I concur. Here's a recent Mother's Day story illustrating this perennial truth.
It's been over a year since I spoke with my mother. I've sat with this and sat with this and for the longest time I needed to be with myself. The events of last year surrounding my Father's illness and subsequent death were devastating. I was surprised to feel this strongly, to cut all ties, to withdraw.
I consider myself a loving and kind person, applying perennial truths on a daily basis. My spirituality isn't a Sunday only thing. But there you have it. All ties were cut with my remaining family last year, particularly my mother. I was SO angry and hurt. I also went through a year of in-depth therapy excavating and putting to rest much of my family story.
That love is all there is, Is all we know of love. Emily Dickinson
My Dad's presence has been with me all along. His incandescent light has illuminated some crusty crevices that had gone unclaimed.
Being on the path of awakening doesn't mean you have it all together. In my experience, it's been the willingness to see and self-correct. It calls you to begin again and again and again. Awakening is not only about the recognition but the experience that Love is all there is.
Since I've moved I've been able to put up many of my pictures. I visit daily with the picture of me and my father from my wedding. My parents' wedding picture is right next to it. I've been feeling my Mom a lot. Every time I look at my wedding picture, their wedding picture pulls me in and I feel her eyes and her presence.
Two weeks ago I broke my vow of silence and called her. It wasn't a forced thing. I felt a call to do it so I did. The phone rang and rang and there wasn't an option to leave a voicemail. I hung up. I mentioned it to one of my friends, that lives down the street from her, and he took it upon himself to mention it to her caretaker.
Eventually, you will come to realize that love heals everything, and love is all there is. Gary Zukav
Love Is All There Is
My mom called me two days ago. She never takes the initiative. I was very surprised. I updated her on my life. She updated me on hers. She's almost blind now. Out of the blue, she said, “I love you” in her heavily accented English. (Another surprise. Terms of endearment are my MO.) There was a brief pause as I received her love. I said, “I love you too, Mima.”
It was as if the sands of time sifted and all that was present was LOVE. We basked in it for a bit. I told her I'd see her this Sunday for Mother's Day.
My daughter called me earlier this week inviting me to brunch at her home for Mother's Day. Erica is one of the most loving and thoughtful people I know. My son Phil will also be joining us. His affection knows no bounds. It's been a while since the three of us were together. My heart feels like it might burst (smile). I'm a lucky Mama.
Love is a transformative force. I know this. I've experienced it over and over again. It's still the sweetest sensation I've ever known.
May love fill every space of your heart and spill into everything around you. Love is ALL there is, darlings!
Love is all there is. This moment is all there is. Rumi
Happy Mother's Day!