I have decided to stick with love
I have decided to stick with love, hate is much too big a burden to bear. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Lets face it - hating anyone or anything is exhausting!
Most of us (with the exception of a few angels I know) are merely human. We struggle with feelings of hurt, anger, frustration and fear. We work to forgive, make peace, be humble and yes - to love. To love? In yogic philosophy - love is not something that you do, it something that you are. It is your true essence. Imagine that the ‘you’ that you see every morning in the mirror is made up of trillions and zillions of teeny tiny cells of love all clumped together to form “you.” Wouldn’t your day start out with just a little more bounce in your step and warmth in your smile?
If we are made of love we have the choice to accept love as an absolute reality. But what then about hate. MLK Jr’s famous quote “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” requires us to accept that hate, like darkness is only the absence of light or love. So it doesn't really even exist except in theory! It is just the void that remains when something real is removed. That is why it is so exhausting! It has no energy, no light, no life force. It is like the dementors that live in the darkest woods of Hogworts, empty and hollow and cold.
So how does hate become real? I becomes real when it becomes a burden, and it becomes a burden when we allow it to drive out love. It gains weight and power when we allow it drive away people we care about. It rounds our shoulders when we allow it to take away our freedom to forgive. It oppresses us when we allow it to separate ourselves from our soul. And at some point this becomes a choice.
Our greatest freedom lies in our ability to choose between love and hate. And so, hate becomes the most dangerous burden when we cannot respect someone else’s freedom because we cannot see our own.
I don't know about you - but I am going to stick with love.