The Most Basic Form of Love

When I go to yoga, I always keep an ear out for anything spiritual that the teacher might say. On Friday, the yoga teacher quoted a Zen Buddhist teacher, John Tarrant: “Attention is the most basic form of love. Through it we bless and are blessed.”

I googled the quote and found this lovely article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/attention-is-the-most-bas…

When I read it, I simply replaced “marriage” with “relationship” — any kind of relationship that is fundamental to one‘s life.

At the end of the article, these lines really hit me hard. They are so in line with my UU spiritual values — about respecting the inherent dignity and inner worth of each person. These lines are such a lovely way to ACT upon those spiritual values (because what good is a spiritual value if you don’t translate it to action?)

I will see you, just as you are, if only for this moment.

I will hear you, just your voice, if only for this heartbeat.

I will pay attention.

Because I love you…

And you’ll be gone so soon.