Many years ago I was driving up route 91 into beautiful scenic Vermont when my guide gently whispered to me, “If you want to be truly happy, you must learn to love all people.”

He did not mean that I should invite everyone home for dinner or even that I should necessarily like peopleʼs behavior. But rather develop the ability to perceive the remarkable spiritual essence that resides in everyone, a drunk on the street, a new born baby, an annoying check out clerk, and of course myself in the bathroom mirror.

It is quite easy to feel love when we see and feel the spirit in ourselves and others. After all in our essence we are all quite amazing. Focusing on essence in the midst of daily life is a perception that brings about a feeling of connection and I believe that feeling connected is a key to happiness.

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