The French novelist, Marcel Proust, once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” To see with your own “new eyes,” I suggest getting in the habit of looking for the beauty and love in others—or what I call “seeing with the eyes of love.”
This process starts by knowing where to look. (Hint: it’s not always on the surface.) You often need to go beyond your past impressions, likes and dislikes, and tear down any walls you may have built to shut yourself off from the world.
While writing my most recent book, Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, I received this same message when I had the great honor of meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at a conference where we were both speaking.
Just sitting within ten feet of this great spiritual master was transformational. His presence was incredibly calming, bathing the entire room in an aura of quiet, unconditional love.
Before taking questions from the small group of people in the meeting, His Holiness shared a few words that put us instantly at ease. He said whether he is addressing the president of a nation or a homeless person on the street makes no difference to him, because he treats everyone the same.
“Differences in religious beliefs, politics, social status, and position are all secondary,” the Dalai Lama explained. “When we look at someone with compassion, we are able to see beyond these secondary differences and connect to the primary essence that binds all humans together as one.”
He added that when we are in this state of being, we feel love for ourselves and for others—not because of what we do, but simply because we are.
Listening to his remarks, I couldn’t help but smile to myself. He’s describing the state of Love for No Reason, I thought. When we love for no reason, our heart does the seeing and everything looks more beautiful!
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