In the Heart of Love, we discover that Love is an intrinsic Power within each human being and the ability to thrive and live a life of purpose and wholeness, this Power must be released. And, this power is released when an environment of Love is created through acts of Love. In other words, if you want the Love to grow in your own life and in the world, Love must become a verb, something you do that creates an environment in which Love is drawn forth from others.
It is no secret that the world today needs more Love to be released. Here are twelve ways in which we can make love a verb and release more Love in the world. Perhaps you will consider making these a 36-day practice; choosing to do one each day and repeating the list three times. A 36-day practice is enough to form a life-long habit and is sure to bring forth more Love in your life and in the world.
Twelve Tangible Ways to Release More Love in the World
1. Go up to someone you’ve never met before, hand them a $10 bill and say “You look absolutely awesome/ stunning/gorgeous/beautiful/handsome (whatever you want to say!)” followed by “Have a great day!” and then walk away.
This one is challenging for a lot of people in many different ways. It might feel confronting for your values around money, around whether or not you should be approaching strangers… which is why it’s so great to do. Growth for you, and a delightful surprise for them.
2. When you see a police officer, fire fighter, a service man or woman, nurse, doctor, EMT, etc. - thank them.
These are some of the most difficult jobs, so the next time you see one of them, sincerely thank them for doing their job.
3. Ask “What may I do to help?”
Maybe it’s some you know who has a lot on their plate right now and might be feeling overwhelmed (i.e. maybe they just had a baby, or they’re depressed, or they recently went through a breakup, or they have a big exam coming up) or maybe it’s a complete stranger you see struggling to carry a heavy box. Ask them what you can do for them and then do it.
4. Offer to buy a homeless person whatever he wants from the store he’s sitting in front of
If you see someone who appears to be homeless sitting in front of a store asking for change, ask if he/she wants anything from inside of it on your way in. And don’t just lob the question over your shoulder as your feet keep moving. Really commit to it. Make the offer, gift them whatever they ask for (within your financial means), have a quick chat and/or shake their hand after, and be on your merry little way.
5. Do a 30-day forgiveness meditation for someone you are angry with or you dislike (personal or public!)
Even if you never talk to them in real life, the world will be a better and more loving place if you have let go of whatever resentment you may have held or you may currently be holding toward them, and you will further free yourself emotionally in the process.
6. Admit you were wrong, but don’t ask for forgiveness
Acknowledge and sincerely apologize for something you did that was less than skillful in a relationship, without asking for forgiveness. Why? Because asking for forgiveness is to help you feel better, right? If you really want to give an act of love, then think only of the other person.
7. Write someone a Letter of Appreciation
Work on it for a few days before you send it. Don’t make it seem hurried and as though you just signed your name on a Hallmark card. Tell them specifically why you appreciate them.
8. Be lavish with your verbal praise
Tell your friends why you love them. Tell your parents why you love them. Compliment your co-workers/friends/lover in front of other people regularly. Only say things that you mean, but say them often. Again be specific! The next time you think something nice about someone, say it out loud.
9. Don’t just wish somebody a happy birthday on Facebook
Text them. Call them. Send a card.
10. Choose Who You Associate With
Stop associating with people who don’t do anything but make you feel bad about yourself or about life. Don’t talk about that fact or about them. Just do something else.
11. So, if you can’t do that . . .
Make a list ahead of time of things to talk about with those people that do not involve complaining about life. Start with these: where you want to be in 10 years; where you’d like to see our world in 10 years; how you could team up together to do something good for someone else; a topic you feel strongly (and positively) about supporting.