There are only two feelings, Love and fear:
There are only two languages, Love and fear:
There are only two activities, Love and fear:
There are only two motives, two procedures,
two frameworks, two results, Love and fear,
Love and fear.
— Love and Fear, a poem by Michael Leunig

Love and fear, the only two things.  Whether we know it or not.  

Love and fear exist on a continuum of motivation, intention and experience. Love or fear is a choice we make over and over, whether we understand this or not. The good news is that we have the capacity not only to comprehend our habitual stance but to become aware of where we find ourselves in any given moment (thinking, feeling, speaking or acting out of love or fear).  Ultimately we can learn to become more acquainted with love and less caught by fear. 

Love and fear are part and parcel of the most basic capacity a person can have, spirituality.  Not to be confused with religion (though it often is), spirituality is a human capacity.  All people have access to this integrating dimension, regardless of particular belief systems or life circumstances.  This ordinary, everyday spirituality reflects one's being, knowing and doing in the world whether it is developed or underdeveloped within a person, or embraced or rejected by a person.

Contemplative education and care are spiritual forms of companioning; a particular way of attending to experience and to another that involves mindfulness, compassion, presence, deep listening, silence, the art of stillness, insight, sharing and more.  Contemplative connection to self and other promotes well-being, which is intimately involved with a person's overall well-being and quality of life.  






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