Love is the Answer

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama.

 Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Kahlil Gibran. 

Love is like a beautiful flower whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight. Helen Keller. 

We are most alive when we are in love. John Updike. 

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss. 

Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde. 

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens. 

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love. Sophocles.

All of these fine quotes point to a universal truth; love is our most important virtue, emotion, and experience. Many would say that since love is our greatest lesson and asset it should have come first in the Sanity Files. Indeed one of our favorite sayings is "first, last, always love", but we feel love is not only our "top line", but also our bottom line; the final, total, underlying, and ultimate outcome.

Perhaps the one thing everyone wants to is be happy. Why not love? For many love was soured, embittered, and denied growing up. These unfortunate ones find it hard, if not impossible to trust, care, and love again. This is why we are so keen on recovery, which is defined as "to recover what was lost or stolen, and returning to a full state of health, mind, or strength", and may we add "a full state of heart".

Too many kids missed out on this crucial lesson, or had love only to have it squashed and destroyed. This is why we consider love our most important teaching. Let us take a moment to give another definition - education: from the Latin word "educare" meaning "to draw forth". We can't do it for you, but we hope to help you to draw forth the spark of love within you that never goes out, and fan it into a fire to warm your heart and soul.

Our first "lesson" is Matters of the Heart: The Secret and Science of Love. Here we explore how western civilization has chosen the head over the heart. This viewpoint often sees putting love first as weak and childish. You can also learn how the stresses of modern life sicken and damage the heart, and how a change of lifestyle can make huge improvements.

Next, researcher Brene Brown went in search of love, belonging, and connection, but found folks struggling with with heartbreak, suffering, disconnection, and shame. All is not lost, as she also found community, intimacy, and vulnerability can bring us back to Love and Connection. Brene has many great books, C.D.'s and videos linked to the post for you to enjoy.

We find music very moving and powerful, even just the titles can be inspirational, as in Love Broke Thru. This post covers a wide range of recovery starting with personal stories, and moving on to encompass much of the recovery experience in the post. Here many of the Sanity Files are addressed and linked into a holistic slice of what we are trying to achieve.

The post Homecoming is definitely one of our favorites as our founding father tells how an inner child workshop and guided meditation enabled him to get a very real and dynamic experience of his inner child (actually his many inner children). It was a pivotal, emotional, and life changing event we hope inspires you to make an authentic and moving connection to your inner child (or children).

This next post is taken from the Super Powers Sanity File where we explore basic virtuous principles as holding incredible power (handed down from our Higher Power). In fact loving kindness is the first aspect of the thousands of years old tradition of "the Four Infinite/Immeasurable/Divine Qualities". Click on Loving Kindness  to see how you can access this most valuable of Super Powers.

Besides being a super power, love is an integral part of many favored sayings and slogans such as: love conquers all, love is all you need, and love like crazy! We find these Super Sayings and Slogans very comforting and inspiring so offer them here for your benefit. There are categories for Higher Power, passion, meditation, and others, but it all begins with LOVE!

It seems in the west we have chosen the head over the heart, as love is often considered romantic, weak, or foolish, yet our tendency towards facts and reason has motivated many scientists to discover scientific evidence for the value of compassion. Eastern spiritual leaders are also working with scientists to find out just how powerful and healing matters of the heart can be.

Although more imagination than science, this next post explores how love could answer the most intriguing of scientific questions; what is the unifying theory of the universe? Why not love? Love is often used a a unifying power to bring us together as religions, cultures, races, and so forth. Take a look at Love Force  and see what you think, feel, and believe.

As mentioned we use many paths to increase our feeling and experience of love, and songs are one of the most inspiring. For this reason we have a music Sanity File of Super Songs. Like the Super Sayings and Slogans there are also categories for Higher Power, passion, meditation, etc, but LOVE comes first! Below are a few of those songs to jump right in. Enjoy!