Love Cannot Distrust – Meister Eckhart

When we acknowledge our need to love or be loved we risk laying bare our vulnerable self. Some of us may never acknowledge our need for love, to protect our vulnerability. But if we do not acknowledge our need, we will NEVER get what we need. And so we have no choice but to risk getting the wrong response rather than getting no response at all.

There is a reason why we live in one another’s company. Each one of us has unique gifts, but our gifts can be a burden if they are not shared. Our own growth and development depends partly on the contributions of others. We live better when we share in the presence and talents of others, just as others benefit from our positive involvement in their lives.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

You see, where there is love, the harshness of experience is softened. Whether we are the recipients of love or the givers, we benefit because in the giving and receiving we know we belong and that is a deep, deep need in all of us. Like Rainer Maria Rilke rightly said ” Love is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become a world to himself for another’s sake.”