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Valentine’s Day. I don’t personally do anything to celebrate it, beyond messages to family members and friends. However, I am mindful that there are many people who feel alone, sad or depressed on this day. In the past I’ve handed out white roses to strangers or practiced “pay it forward” acts of kindness and generosity.
However, an intriguing dream gave me a fresh idea. As interesting as the dream was, leaving me with a feeling of expansiveness, I dismissed it at first. Later though, in the shower where so many of my profound thoughts are birthed, I looked at the dream again from a place of awareness and full alertness.
The dream involved sending love to the world.
The Power of Love
This is the dream:
I ran into a friend, a man I actually know in the waking world, and delighted to see each other, we hugged. In real life, my friend gives marvelous hugs, and when I embrace him, there is great joy. As we laughed and continued the hug, in the dream, an energetic connection sparked between us. Not romantic love. Not passion. This was something bigger and more expansive. This was acceptance and keen awareness of self and of other.
I felt our energies swirling as they joined and then they exploded, radiating outward from our hearts, in ripples of energy. The cool thing about dreams is that I can see far beyond what I can while awake. I saw those ripples of energy, fueled by the mutual love, respect and appreciation that we have for each other, sweep around the globe…and then outward, into the universe.
The Energy of Love
Thinking about that dream, I recognized the truth there, waiting for me to peer more deeply into it. Everything in our world, everything in the universe, is made of energy…particles and waves of electromagnetic energy that are constantly in motion.
We are energy as well. And our hearts, located at the center of our bodies, generate tremendous energy. That’s why it is so crucial to keep the heart open and unencumbered with old hurts and pains. A wounded heart, a protected heart, isn’t free to send out the incredible energy that it is capable of. We call that powerful energy love.
Love vibrates at the highest energetic frequency, along with joy and gratitude. When our hearts are full of love, we can create greater love, joy, peace, harmony and wellbeing in ourselves and in others.
Thinking these thoughts about energy and then returning to the dream, I asked, aloud…what do I do with this? The answer? Partner that amazing, powerful energy and my great heart with the focused intention of sending love to the world on Valentine’s Day.
Meditating to Change the World
There are precedents for using meditative energy to effect change in the world.
In one such experiment, 4,000 meditation practitioners from 88 countries gathered in Washington DC in June and July of 1993. Their group goal was to reduce violent crime in the area, by meditating. During the eight weeks that the group met, the rate of assaults, murders, rapes, and other violent crimes decreased by 23%. As reported in Springer Science & Business Media’s journal, Social Indicators Research, the statistical odds of that happening by chance were less than two in one billion.
In another study, in the 1970s, 7000 individuals agreed to meditate together, over three weeks, focusing on thoughts of love and peace and then radiating that energy out into the world. Violent crime rates and casualties fell by an average of 16%. Additionally, suicide rates and automobile accidents decreased. And there was a 72% reduction in terrorist activities during the times that the group meditated.
Sending Love to the World Meditation
This is what I came up with, for Valentine’s Day. This is my way of sending love to the world. I put together a Sending Love to the World meditation.
- Find a quiet place to sit for a few minutes, without distraction.
- Sit relaxed, eyes closed, feet flat on the floor.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply, hold for three seconds, and then release breath just as slowly. Focus on the heart. Take three of four slow deep breaths.
- While focusing on the heart area, allow all tension to flow out of the body. Move up the body, from the feet to the top of the head, relaxing tense muscles. Pay special attention to the shoulders, neck, face and scalp, as tension gathers here.
- Keep shoulders relaxed and back, opening the heart area.
- Continue to breathe, slowly, deeply. Think about joyful, happy experiences. Bring to mind loved ones. Smile.
- Feel love. Feel joy. Allow the heart to fill with strong, positive emotions.
- Radiate that powerful energy, from the heart outward into the world. Imagine that energy as beams of light, as sparkling seeds of love, surrounding the globe and falling gently to earth, raining down on people everywhere.
- Continue sending love to the world, for as long as desired.
- When ready, count down from 5 to 1. Before opening the eyes, move head, hands and feet. Open eyes, take a deep breath…and smile.
Join Me in Sending Love to the World
If you have the desire and the time, join me today…and any other day…in sending love to the world. Use the meditation above, or create your own mediation or prayer. Focus on the heart. And make sure that self love is part of your reality. An empty pitcher cannot fill any glasses. Likewise, a heart empty of love cannot send love to others. It starts with loving yourself, then flows to loving others.
Imagine what we can do together. Imagine love circling the globe from dozens, hundreds, thousands of hearts full of love and joy. I know this…it certainly won’t hurt anything or anyone. Sending out love can only help, for love never fails…and it never returns empty. Imagine going beyond and sending love every day, and not just on Valentine’s Day.
In addition, be love on Valentine’s Day, whether at work or home, running a business meeting or shopping for groceries. As Mother Teresa shared,
“Go out into the world today, and love the people you meet.’
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77 Replies to “Sending Love to the World”
I really love this idea! I’m going to try it on Valentine’s Day – it’s not easy to keep the heart free from pain and focus on the positive.
Thank you! I’ll join you on Thursday! Yes it takes awareness to keep the heart open and free. When I feel myself wanting to close, to protect my heart, that’s my signal to stay open and feel the feelings and let them pass through.
I am so happy I found your post. I am in the same Facebook as you and I wanted to reciprocate the favor and what a great gift to find your post. I am joining you on Thursday. I pinned it and will be sharing it with others too. Happy Valentine’s Day, Kippi #kippiathome
Thank you! I’m happy we’ve connected!
aww what a wonderful idea and i love the variety of ways you can send love in the world! great ideas especially helping the earth too!
It makes a difference!
Love this! Thanks for such a positive, loving message! I’ll be sure to send these vibes out on the 14th.
Wonderful! Thank you. 😊❤️
I will do my best to join you on Thursday! Because I do believe sending out loving energy can change the world!!
I believe too! Thank you. 😊♥️
This is absolutely beautiful, and just in time for Valentine’s day. I’m joining you in sending love out into the world. Thank you for making it a better place.
Thank you for joining in! 😊♥️
What a perfect message to read before Valentine’s Day. I love the idea of meditating and sending love to the world.
Thank you. I’ll be “broadcasting” love very intentionally tomorrow!
This is such an enlightening post. Love the idea 🙂
Thank you! I love how inspiration shows up…from many directions. 😊
I love this post! It’s so inspiring. Thank you for posting <3
Thank you for reading and commenting!
Very sweet! Thanks for posting this.
Thanks for reading and commenting! ❤️
Awesome information! Thank you for sharing!
You are welcome! 😊
What a truly inspiring post!! Love has an energy all of its own! Thank you for inspiring me!
It does! There are some amazing studies that prove how powerful love is. Thanks for reading!
I love sending love out. I will often take a moment during the day when I see someone struggling, angry or that looks frazzled and envision sending a light that envelops them…something like from the old CareBear cartoons, where the light comes out of their chest and surrounds people with a light of love. I will sometimes do this with my children when they are at school and I know they have felt that light. It’s great!
Yes! That’s wonderful. And how powerful. It’s all energy and we can send it out at any time.
What a perfect post for today!
Yes on a day focused on love…and also a day where many don’t feel it.
So cool! That was so interesting about the crime rates going down when people came together to radiate love!
It’s amazing what love can do…and meditation!
Meditation is the best practice. Everyone should do it!
I agree! Imagine if children learned to meditate and grew up with that practice!
Fantastic message! I encouraged my social media followers to engage in a random act of kindness to spread the love on Valentine’s Day.
Yes! It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week and I practice acts of kindness as well.
I really love this idea. What a great way to come together and put love out into the universe.
My heart felt very full of love all day. I intend to practice sending out love daily. It only takes a few minutes.
I spent a lot of time yesterday connecting with those that I know on social media or via text. There are so many people that don’t have enough love and support in their lives. I wanted to spend the day ensuring they felt noticed.
That’s wonderful! Holidays are not happy for many people. I spent the afternoon with a widowed shut in. Everyone needs love. ❤️
Great idea! What a wonderful way to keep positive during the day.
Sending love to the world started my day off in a spectacular way!
I love this message!
Thank you! 😊
What a wonderful idea! I didn’t know about those studies. Fascinating! Beautiful post!
Thank you! 😊❤️
So wonderful! You’re such good energy!
Thank you! 😊❤️
Wow, those studies really prove your point of sending love to the world! I think it’s a fabulous idea and I’m in 🙂
Wonderful! It only takes a few minutes to get quiet, fill the heart with love and send it out!
What a lovely message and beautiful plan for Valentine’s Day!
Sending out love kept my heart full all day!
Such a great post! Love does vibrate at the highest energetic frequency! Love this!
Thank you! It only takes a few minutes to send out a blast of love.
This was a perfect post for Thursday’s holiday. I’m sorry I’m catching this late, but it certainly doesn’t disqualify the opportunity. This will become more of a focus in the coming days. I do love how you phrased this one piece – an empty pitcher cannot fill any glasses. Hmmm…
It’s something that can be done on any day! And it only takes a few minutes. Thanks for reading and commenting!
What an inspiring post. We need more love in the world. I’m a hugger and I believe in loving everyone, no exceptions.
I’m a hugger too! Sending you love and a virtual hug!
Love is SO important! I have been reading The Law of Divine Compensation by Marrianne Williamson and it’s all about the importance of leading with love. Such an important reminder!
That’s a great book! Yes, it’s all about love…for ourselves, for everyone.
I love this idea! I wholeheartedly believe it works too!
Me too! And it only takes a few minutes to send love.
I love this! It’s hard to imagine one person making a difference in the world but I know it can be done with a mindset like yours. Beautiful post!
Thank you! We each do what we can…and collectively it grows in impact.
This is a great post! I loved reading this 🙂
Love this idea! let’s send out as many good thoughts and positive vibes I to the world!!
This is a beautiful post! Love does have an energy: a super impactful one.
Thank you for the inspiration!
What a wonderful idea Cindy! I had no idea about the group meditation in the ’90s and ’70s that was so impactful. I’ll definitely send love to the world through meditation the next time I sit down to meditate.
How inspiring! I always pray for the world, I am going to consciously send love to the world
This is a great idea. Sending love to the world is a great way of getting positive energy out.
I’m going to do this!
What a beautiful dream and outcome 🥰
There is so much love to give! Great post! And very interesting read about your dream.
I am fascinated by the stats from the two meditation experiments.
Life boils down to love. May we all fill ourselves and those around us with its beautiful light. Thanks for sharing these positive vibes!