Let’s Invite Each Other Higher

‘I often try to imagine a world where we are not in competition with our fellow humans, but where we truly, madly, deeply soulebrate when others actualize their dreams. Imagine that. A world where we get excited for each other when we achieve – where we do not see another’s accomplishments as a reminder of what we have not yet actualized – but as living proof that it is possible for all of us. I love it when people accomplish something they have set out to do, when the phoenix rises from the ashes with actualization on its wings. Let’s invite each other higher. Let’s encourage each other to believe in our shared magnificence!’

Page 75 / Love It Forward / Jeff Brown

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Our Hearts Don’t Wear Watches

‘You don’t measure love in time. You measure love in transformation. Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest of encounters change everything. The heart doesn’t wear a watch – it’s timeless. It doesn’t care how long you know someone. It doesn’t care if you had a 40 year anniversary if there is no juice in the connection. What the heart cares about is resonance. Resonance that opens it, resonance that enlivens it, resonance that calls it home. And when it finds it, the transformation begins…’

Page 45 / Love It Forward / Jeff Brown

What Abundance Are You Asking The Universe For?

‘Abundance is an odd word. What is abundance to a materialist is not abundance to a spiritual seeker. What is abundance in your mind may not be abundance in your heart. What is abundance to the unhealthy ego may not be abundance to the soul. Best we define our meaning before we ask the universe for more abundance. We might just get it, while the real treasure lies buried below. There is nothing abundant about that which distracts us from a life of meaning. We should be careful what we wish for…’

Page 29 / Love It Forward / Jeff Brown

Beginnings: What Have You Got To Loose?

‘Sometimes people avoid the beginnings because they want to avoid the endings. This is particularly true if we have negative associations with happiness. If we have had the carpet pulled out from under us at moments of great vulnerability, we may prefer to avoid life altogether. But what is life without beginnings? Sure it may lead to sorrow, but it also may lead to joy. We must begin again, time and again, if we are going to live a real life.’

Page 20 / Love It Forward / Jeff Brown

Breakdown or Breakthrough?

‘So many breakdown because they cannot carry the weight of falsity any longer. They are breaking through to a more authentic consciousness. Sadly, this is often stigmatized as a ‘breakdown,’ as though they are machines that stopped working. We need to upframe these experiences and see then for what they are: break-throughs for inner freedom. At some point, we just can’t carry the bullshit anymore and long to be real.’

Page 18 / Love It Forward / Jeff Brown

Do You Expect More Than You Surrender?

‘We are all tired. Really, we are. It’s a hard road, but it’s also a beautiful one. Perhaps we expect too much from ourselves and from others. Perhaps humanity can only make slow progress, like an inchworm. Perhaps we need to celebrate how far we have come. And rest more. And relish the simple pleasures. And look for love everywhere. There is a river near where I live. It meanders slowly, peacefully. It doesn’t ask itself why it isn’t an ocean, or a raging river, or some other thing. It just surrenders to what it is. Maybe we just need to surrender more to who we are. I think I will lie down tomorrow beside the river. And take a rest. And sweet surrender.’

Page 7 / Love It Forward / Jeff Brown