“There is always death.  You will lose what you love and then more you have opened your heart the more grief you will feel at the separation.  But there can be no real love without pain.  Open yourself to the wonder of every living thing.  Explode with love.  When you truly love you are not conscious of loving.  Love all of life the way your fingers love your hand. And when you are simple and free of selfish desires, your heart will open naturally, like the petals of a flower.”

~ Notes from the Song of Life; A Spiritual Companion by Tolbert McCarroll