Unconditional love is wishing the best for everyone - not limited to one in particular. If you donít love all unconditionally, then you love no one unconditionally, because it is the quality of your own being that you project. For example, the sun shines upon all, not just a few, because its essence is radiance - it could do no less.
Unconditional love is caring love. Lustful love is a desire for sensory or exclusive material possession.
Emotional love could be either unconditional love or sensory love. Lovers may start out with emotional feelings and sensory desires, and later develop a deep caring that wants what is best for the other.
And still later caring feelings could stretch beyond one individual to include wanting what is best for family, relatives, community, country, all peoples of the world and the natural world - stretching beyond into the universe.
Spiritual love is unconditional love in action.
Our Creator-Sustainer loves every atom of creation unconditionally through the unstoppable energy flowing through - this is our model and goal, to love likewise in a steady stream.
Begin by choosing a private place where you will not be disturbed. If you are sitting on a cushion on the floor hold your back straight, look forward, bend your legs in and fold your hands in your lap or rest them palms up or palms down on your thighs. If you are sitting on a chair sit up straight and plant the soles of your feet firmly on the floor to maintain balance. Fold your hands in your lap or on your thighs as just described.
Close your eyes and begin even and regular breathing such as one count to breathe in and one count to breathe out. Continue this rhythmic pattern throughout your meditation without actually saying the counts. Do not hold your breath at any time. Breath is a tie between body and emotions. When feeling upset even breathing calms the body again.
Now, turn your attention to contemplating the meaning of unconditional love with the ideas set out above. Imagine yourself caring for others with all your intention and strength. Think how you could carry this out in daily life in an active way, perhaps through community service.
Make the intention to love as you go, to care as you go.
To finish your meditation take a deep breath in and slowly release it. Open your eyes and stretch out, energized, ready to stretch love into action, unconditionally.
In summary: Unconditional love is sending out thoughts that the best will happen to others. God shines his sun on all of us and it is up to each of us to turn our faces towards it in openness and kindness. Because it is the Light in action, it is the happiest way to live.
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