Have you ever experienced spiritual sight as love at first sight? On this Valentines Day may you be opened and aware of the moments of love at first sight. Each day we are given the gift to see spiritually with wonder and newness, much like a child might experience their world.
Take a moment to read and reflect on the following excerpt slowly and notice if any word, phrase or idea shimmers for you:
"The true power of love at first sight is often missed because we insist on limiting it's meaning to the sweep of falling into another person upon first meeting. To appreciate the deeper sense of this we must uncover and reclaim the importance of first sight itself, which has more to do with seeing things essentially, rather than physically, for the first time.
We all walk around within the numbness of our habits and routines so often that we take the marvels of ordinary life for granted. It is first sight that opens the freshness of each moment, unencumbered by any of our habits and routines. First sight is the moment of God-sight, heart-sight, soul-sight. It is the seeing of revelation, the feeling of oneness that briefly overcomes us when nothing remains in the way.
At it's deepest and most real level, the notion of love at first sight is spoken of in every spiritual tradition as the reward for being fully awake. Such seeing anew restores our sense of being alive. Paradoxically, first sight is recurring. In the same way that we wake every day, we regularly return to first sight in the rhythm of our wakefulness of spirit. Whenever we can see with that original vision--with nothing between us and the life around us--we can't help but love what we see......
In this regard, first seeing is an ever-present threshold to the majesty of what is." (The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo)
* Close your eyes and reflect on your word or phrase, then rest in the moment.
*Open your eyes and anticipate noticing and seeing with new vision like love at first sight.
Happy Valentines Day my friends!!
Spiritual Director & Retreat Facilitator