He must so cleanse his heart that no remnant of . . . hate may linger therein, lest . . . that hate repel him away from the truth. (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 264)
This quote reminds me of one of the phrases Linda Popov (of the Virtues Project) used in all her trainings: “Don’t get furious, get curious.”
I have a tendency to believe that everyone thinks the same way I do, and has the same values as I do, especially if they are Baha’is, but I’m coming to discover, late in life, that this is very seldom true. I have my way and everyone else has theirs, and they are all equally valid (unless they’re in direct opposition to the teachings of the Faith, of course).
It’s easy to get resentful when people do things that hurt or disappoint me and not so easy to remember to be loving and forgiving. When I remember to get curious, to look for their truth, and I have an explanation I can accept, even if I don’t agree with it, the resentment melts away.
Being reminded to replace hate for curiosity and remember to look for the truth, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness