Our materialistic worldview has reduced love to a haphazard flow of hormones coupled to psychological fantasies. The spiritual truth is very different. Once the walls fall down, we discover that our real problem is that there is too much love around us, not too little. Love is eternal and unbounded; it is only we who take tiny sips from its infinite ocean.
The mystery of love hasn’t changed across the centuries; we have only fallen short of it. Whenever a person’s heart dries up, it may appear that love has dried up. In fact, that person has built a boundary to shut out a force that is always at flood tide.
Adapted from The Path to Love by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).
Love of the Sustainable
A simple autumn supper including local, sweet, vine-ripened tomatoes, freshly picked corn, and miraculously ripe peaches grown nearby with organic, local cream on top is a meal one savors forever. Much of the reason is that such a meal is made up of real food with true flavor, food that isn’t produced with a priority of yield, market appeal, shelf life, and durability, but food grown in living soil with health and stewardship in mind, from farms that include heritage livestock breeds and heirloom varieties of produce for preserving genetic diversity.
Adapted from True Food, Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You, by Annie B. Bond, Melissa Breyer and Wendy Gordon (National Geographic, 2009).