It’s Time to Change the Filter!

Welcome to our new blog, Change the Filter. Our challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it. Change the Filter will help us identify those obstacles so that our hearts can breathe easy and love freely.

As a general rule, it is essential to replace your air filters in your car and in your home. The longer the filter is in place, the more dirt, dust, and allergens are trapped clogging the filter and thus decreasing efficiency. If you don’t change your filter, it will fail. It will no longer be able to filter the air properly, allowing dust and contaminants to get in to the AC. Dust jams the moving parts such as fan motors and valves. In other words, the AC begins to suffocate because it can’t breathe the way it was meant to breathe. In much the same way, so it is with our hearts and our ability to love unconditionally.

We were born with Love in our hearts; the all-inclusive kind. As we grew older, conditions were thrown into the filter of our hearts that caused our love to be conditional and our hearts were then not able to “breathe” the way they were meant to breathe. Whether it be a misinterpretation of something taught that caused division or an offense that caused bitterness and un-forgiveness, the heart has been limited in it’s efficiency. Our hearts are suffocating and we don’t even realize it. We have forgotten how free it is to “breathe easy” and “love freely”. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE FILTER!

How do we change the filter of our hearts? You change it by SIMPLIFYING. We must decrease so that Love can increase. Our filters that we process things through need to be pruned of the “conditions” that weaken our love muscle. Let us put away our self-righteousness judgements and resolve ourselves to say, “My job is to LOVE… JUST LOVE!”

The Reduction: “Love…Just LOVE”

In cooking, reduction is the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by simmering or boiling. In other words, you turn up the heat and stir things up. Reduction is also the act of decreasing or reducing something, a simplification or the act of reducing complexity. There are some things in life that are just so easy that you don’t have to think about it to do it. You just do it because it comes natural, such as breathing or feeling an emotion. One of those easy, natural things is LOVE. But Love is more than an action. It is a state of being from whence acts of love flow. So BE LOVE!

At birth, we were born with unconditional Love in our hearts. It was simple. There were no issues for us to take sides on. No criteria for judging someone unacceptable. We looked at everyone the same. It didn’t matter what color the finger was when it was extended to us; we grabbed it anyway. Love was in there when we were born and it’s still in there. Unfortunately, as we grew older, we became indoctrinated with faulty ideas of how to love through wrong teachings handed down to us from others. We were taught that we can love and accept others as long as they fall within “the criteria” to receive it. Our easy, natural and unconditional love was marred and smothered with obstacles such as racism, religious intolerance, or judgments against others who are different from us. So we say, the challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it. Simplification is the easiest way back to unconditional Love.

The challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it.

Allow your Love to be put into “the reduction”. Turn the heat up on the issues that separate us and don’t be afraid to stir things up in your reduction. SIMPLIFY! Shed the complications and free your heart to love the way it was born to love. Gardentopia’s motto is “Love … just LOVE.” It is the kind of love that’s been put in the reduction. It is the removing of conditions allowing our love to be free and more appetizing to the world around us. The ellipsis, also known as dot-dot-dot, is a series of dots that indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text. Have you put YOUR love in the reduction? Is your love still suffocating with other people’s hang ups and misguided doctrines? It’s time for an intentional omission of anything that doesn’t look like your original love. See the wine in others and unsee the labels. YOU ARE ABLE to return to your FIRST LOVE and EMBRACE EVERYONE in spite of their differences. When we love unconditionally, it is NOT a declaration of you deserves it, it’s a declaration of WHO YOU ARE! This kind of Love celebrates DIVERSITY and it’s one of the most freeing and satisfying things a human heart can embrace.