This is lesson 6 in the series "Conquering Codependency - Loving Without Leaning" looking at aspects of codependency from a spiritual point of view. Each of the 48 lessons includes a prayer or meditation.
The full flowering of love can be called unconditional love - the kind of love we all want. So, we may try to please others even if it means sacrificing our own ethics, morals, ideals.
Actually, it is when we feel fulfilled following are own path, that we are able to give unconditional love - which is wishing the best for others with no thought of tit for tat.
I think unconditional love - giving without expectation of return - is what is meant in the St. Francis Prayer “It is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” And from the Our Father Prayer, “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Giving unconditional love, caring enough to interact harmoniously is a way to preserve or recover our sense of completeness; happiness.
Unconditional Love Prayer
“Dear Lord, help me remember
That in caring and giving
Without expectation of getting
I preserve my inner sense of
Peace and happiness.”
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer