Love 2.0

Tech Support:
Yes Ma’am, how can I help you?
Customer:
Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support:
Yes I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer:
Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready.
What do I do first?

Tech Support:
The first step is to open your heart.
Have you located your heart, Ma’am?

Customer:
Yes, but there are several other programs running now.
Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support:
What programs are running Ma’am?

Customer:
Let’s see, I have past-hurt, low self-esteem, grudge, and resentment running right now.

Tech Support:
No problem, Love will gradually erase past-hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override low self-esteem with a module of it’s own called high self-esteem. However, you have to completely turn off grudge and resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off Ma’am?

Customer:
I don’t know how to turn them off.
Can you tell me how?

Tech Support:
With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until grudge and resentment have completely erased.

Customer:
Okay done, Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support:
Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer:
Oops! I have an error message already.
It says, “Error-program not run on external components.”
What should I do?

Tech Support:
Don’t worry, Ma’am, It means the Love program is setup to run on internal hearts but has not yet been run on your heart. In nontechnical terms, it means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer:
So what should I do?

Tech Support:
Can you pull down Self-acceptance;
then click on the following:
Forgive-self;
Realize your worth;
Acknowledge your limitations.

Customer:
OK, done.

Tech Support:
Now copy them to the “My Heart” directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete verbose self-criticism from all directories and empty your recycle bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer:
Got it. Hey!!! My Heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support:
Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but eventually everything gets downloaded at the proper time.
So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang-up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer:
I promise to do just that.

[Source Unknown – from an email]

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About Diana Gould

Diana Gould leads the Thursday night sitting group at InsightLA, and is the guiding teacher for Dharma Alliance, a mindfulness meditation group at InsightLA for the LGBTQI ommunity. She has been a meditator for 35 years, practicing Insight meditation for 20. She graduated from the Community Dharma Leader Training at Spirit Rock, was trained as a facilitator at the Vipassana Support Institute, and is part of the Teacher Development group at InsightLA, under the guidance of founder Trudy Goodman. She completed Buddhist Chaplaincy training at the Sati Institute, and works as a spiritual care volunteer with Vitas Hospice, where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2011. She graduated from UCLA Film School and received an MFA from the Bennington Writers Program. As a television writer and producer, her credits include pilots, episodes, movies and miniseries for network and cable. Her first novel, “Coldwater” will be published in April 2013 by Gibraltar Road.

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