"sometimes while i ride the subway i try to look at each person and imagine what they look like to someone who is totally in love with them. i think everyone has had someone look at them that way, whether it was a lover, or a parent, or a friend, whether they knew it or not. it's a wonderful thing, to look at someone to whom you would never be attracted and think about what looking at them feels like to someone who is devouring every part of their image, who has invisible strings that are connected to this person tied to to every part of their body. i think this fun pastime is a way of cultivating compassion. it feels good to think about people that way, and to use that part of my mind that i think is traditionally reserved for a tiny portion of people i'll meet in my life to appreciate the general public." ~ dean spade
when i read this quote last week on my favorite tumblr, bearbear,
it immediately reminded me of a little daily activity that i used to practice
while riding the train to work in the morning.
i must first admit to you that i am not a deeply religious person and have yet
to explore all of the beautiful nuances that the spiritual side of life holds-
but i do believe in being a good human being and one of the most wonderful
ways to exercise that truth is to go out and bless everyone around you.
pick a stranger and envision them walking in the brightest of loving lights,
infuse them with hopes and blessings that they will know what it is like to be loved
wholly and unconditionally, and then let them go on their way.
spread the seed of love, and see what blooms.