Is this all there is ?

That emptiness inside — that spiritual hunger that nothing seems to satisfy  — is God reaching out to connect to you.

And the only thing that will satisfy it, is your reaching back to connect with Her.

But to connect with the Creator — the Eternal — you have to rely on the one thing that connects us to eternity.

Love.  It really is all you need.

You can meditate, make pilgrimages to faraway places, read books about spirituality, drink fine wine, run to feed your body with endorphins, but those will only give you glimpses into the real deal.  They are the temporary fixes that keep you from exploring the love that calls you back home to who you really are — who you’ve been meant to be all along.

The Creator, however, — in Her infinite wisdom and sense of humor — uses human beings as the channels through which we experience the love we all crave.

And therein lies the problem.

Each individual on the planet is on her and his own journey. And we can’t expect them to put their journeys ahead of ours, or travel the same road to love as we do.

But we can expect them to respect our feelings and decisions, even if they don’t fully understand or relate to them.  In fact, we must demand that respect — especially from the people closest to us.

There’s a big difference between someone who doesn’t understand our feelings and someone who rips those feelings apart and mocks them. Or worse, alienates us from those who do understand how we feel, and with whom we can connect and share our need for the Eternal in our lives.

Imagine, for example, that you adopt a puppy. You bring the puppy home and share it with your partner who has always said she’d support whatever made you happy.  You’re happy with this little bundle of life that is going to give you unconditional love and hours of entertainment.

Once you get home, however, your partner wants nothing to do with the puppy.

But instead of telling you how she feels, she kicks the puppy, locks it in a room and tells you to get rid of it and never, ever talk about it again.

You’re shocked and hurt by this outburst of abuse, but out of respect for your partner, you do as she asks.  You have faith that one day she will understand your needs and will surprise you by bringing home a new puppy.  But that never happens.

For a while you think that not having a puppy is OK, but the ache you feel for the puppy you lost doesn’t go away.

And you begin to wonder … What’s worse?  Not having a puppy?  Or living with someone who mocks your love of puppies because you’re afraid of being alone?

Right now, what hurts more? Your empty soul? Or the thought of having to travel through life with someone who doesn’t fulfill your spiritual needs because you’re afraid of traveling by yourself?

Are you willing to compromise your purpose for fear that you will be alone?

Until you can answer those questions, nothing will change.

Consider that if you choose to go through life with people who ridicule your need for a soul connection — and make every attempt to sever you from those who can fulfill that need — you are lonelier than someone who is alone.

But if you choose to stay, accept your choice, but don’t think you will ever turn someone who doesn’t care for dogs into a dog lover.

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