BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“There is yet another illusion, that it is important to be respectable, to be loved and appreciated, to be important. Many say we have a natural urge to be loved and appreciated, to belong. That’s false. Drop this illusion and you will find happiness.

We have a natural urge to be FREE, a natural urge to love, but not to BE LOVED. Sometimes in my psycho-therapy sessions I encounter a very common problem: Nobody loves me, how then, can I be happy? I explain to him or her: “You mean you never have any moments when you forget you’re not loved and you let go and are happy?” Of course they have.”

  Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”

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