“Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” – Feodor Dostoevsky
I find it difficult to imagine myself having an “all-embracing love.” After all, this world is sometimes a bad place filled with unnecessary evils. Nevertheless, here, we are offered hope that such love is possible, for Feodor catalogs the steps necessary to find such love, starting with a simple “love everything.”
There are so many individuals in this world who feel isolated and lonely at this very moment. What is stopping me from offering love? Is it that I cannot find the time–that I am too preoccupied with tasks in my own life? Is it fear of opening up to others and showing affection? Am I just unaware of the nourishing love required of me by the world?
Perhaps Feodor is right, that all it takes is the ability to perceive the divine mystery in all things. After all, if we see the divine beauty in something, I am confident that embracing it lovingly is quite simple.
Throughout the day, take a moment to remind yourself of the existence of the “divine mystery” in all things. Let yourself become fully aware and appreciative of its presence. Doing so–even to the smallest degree–can have a huge positive impact on your ability to live your life more fully.
Become aware of the divine beauty around you.
Questions to consider:
What does it mean to “love the whole world with an all-embracing love?”
How can you practice showing love more openly?
Are you aware of the “divine mystery” in things? How can you increase your awareness?
For further thought:
“Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also–if you love them enough.” – George Washington Carver