is my only guiding star.
In its light
I sail a straight route,
I have my motto written on my sail:
‘To live in love’ “
St Therese of Lisieux
The Word of God
Rejoice in the Lord, always! I say it again: rejoice, and may everyone experience your gentle and understanding heart. The Lord is near: do not be anxious about anything. In everything, resort to prayer and supplication, together, with thanksgiving, and bring your requests before God. Then, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with whatever is truthful, holy, just, pure, lovely and noble. Be mindful of whatever deserves praise and admiration. Put into practice what you have learned from me, what I passed on to you, what you heard from me or saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
Being happy is good for us. Laughter and joy can lift our spirits and bring us happiness and a sense of wellbeing. When joy and happiness are shared, they bring people together and help people to feel connected to each other. We can create an atmosphere that is bright and cheerful by being generous in our kindness and care of one another.
The Word of God I have chosen is inviting you to look for opportunities to bring happiness and joy to yourself and to others.
Look for opportunities today, for ways in which you can make those around you happy, really happy by your thoughtfulness and care. Notice when you bring real joy to others, it comes back to you abundantly. Take time this evening, when you are preparing to sleep, to thank God for the happiness you experienced during the day, and for the happiness you brought to others.
Happiness comes from giving and receiving.
Imagine you’re encircled by people who love you.
Sit comfortably, eyes open or closed, and imagine yourself in the center of a circle made up of the most loving beings you’ve ever met. There may be some people in your circle who you’ve never met but have been inspired by. Maybe they exist now or they’ve existed historically, or even mythically.
Receive the love of those who love you.
Experience yourself as the recipient of the energy, attention, care, and regard of all of these beings in your circle of love. Silently repeat whatever phrases are expressive of that which you most wish for yourself, not just for today but in an enduring way. Phrases that are big and open, something like: May I be safe, be happy, be healthy. Live with ease of heart. May I be safe, be happy, be healthy. Live with ease of heart.
Notice how you feel when you receive love.
As you experience yourself in the center of the circle, all kinds of different emotions may arise. You may feel gratitude and awe, or you might feel kind of shy, like you would rather duck down and have all of these beings send loving kindness to one another and forget about you. Whatever emotion may arise, you just let it wash through you. Your touchstone is those phrases May I be happy. May I be peaceful… or whatever phrases you’ve chosen.
Open yourself up to receiving love.
Imagine that your skin is porous and this warm, loving energy is coming in. Imagine yourself receiving. There’s nothing special that you need to do to deserve this kind of acknowledgement or care. It’s simply because you exist.
Open yourself up to receiving love. There’s nothing special that you need to do to deserve this kind of acknowledgement or care. It’s simply because you exist.
Send loving care to the people in your circle.
You can allow that quality of loving kindness and compassion and care you feel coming toward you to flow right back out to the circle and then toward all beings everywhere, so that what you receive, you transform into giving. You give the quality of care and kindness that does actually exist in this world. That can become part of you, and part of what you express or return. When you feel ready you can open your eyes or lift your gaze to end the session.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4