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Marci Shimoff Marci Shimoff author. consultant. no-reason lover.

Marci Shimoff is the best-selling author of six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She's one of the nation's leading experts on happiness, success, and the Law of Attraction. [www.happyfornoreason.com]

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to live a meaningful life. I’ve spent a lot of money attending seminars and a lot of hours doing practices to help me live my best life. And from all of that inquiry, I can summarize in one word what I’ve found to be most important: LOVE.

I know that’s not an original “AHA,” but ultimately this is what life boils down to: The whole purpose of being alive is to grow in the ability to give and receive love. Not a Hollywood or Hallmark kind of love, but unconditional love, love as a state of being, the essence of who we are – what I call “love for no reason.”

I’ve read many accounts of near-death experiences and most include a “life review.”  Many people say that during this review, they were asked only two questions: How well did you learn your life lessons? And how much did you love?

It seems that love is our main job here on earth!

If love is our job description, then the most important thing we can do is find that ocean of love within us and take it out into the world – to ourselves, to our loved ones, to strangers we pass in the street, to everyone and everything.

Here are a few of the things I do on a daily basis to connect with that essence of love inside:

1.     Take time for silence, through mediation, prayer, or walks in nature.  I’ve been meditating since I was 16 and it helps me connect to the universal field of love within.

2.     Move my body.  When I get the energy flowing in my body, I feel more vital, alive, and loving.

3.     Throughout the day I ask myself this question: What is the most loving thing I can do right now? The answer may be staying up late to finish a     project, pampering myself with a bath, helping a friend, or saying no to a request.

4.     Trust that this is a friendly, loving universe and that life is on my side. Einstein said that the most important question we can ask is whether this is a friendly universe. Believing that it is helps me welcome everything that happens, however challenging, as a gift to support myself in opening to love.

If How well did you love? is part of life’s final exam, maybe it’s a good idea to prepare now to answer that question well. I don’t think this is the kind of test we can cram for at the end!

– Marci Shimoff

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