July 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Fight With Love as Your Primary Weapon

'An important question we need to ask ourselves, whether a conflict is personal or on a larger scale, is how can we best resolve them in ways that serve life for the greatest good?'

By Levi Ben-Shmuel

Speaking for a Wiser Life

Levi Ben-Shmuel is a Tai Chi and Kabbalah teacher, and co-creator of "Sulam Chi: A Dance of Life."

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Recent headlines remind us all too well that conflict is very much a part of life. An important question we need to ask ourselves, whether a conflict is personal or on a larger scale, is how can we best resolve them in ways that serve life for the greatest good?

One answer to this question is the title of this post:

Fight with love as your primary weapon. When it is time to fight for something, a wide range of weapons is at your disposal. If you come to the realization that you want to fight for the good of all life, love must be your primary weapon.

Whether in the heat of battle or in a less intense setting, closing your heart in the interest of winning is a loss for you and life. The amount of effort it will take to reopen your heart might cost you more in time, energy, and lost opportunities to love than whatever you perceive you have won.

Giants like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi are wonderful examples of how to defend what you love with an open heart. Their clarity of purpose and compassion in finding ways to honor life through not harming others is inspirational.

An inclusive heart will lead you to choose whatever other weapons you need on the road to victory that serves life. Love can be tenacious, too. The difference in being persistent out of love is, you will not be cutting yourself off from your own heart while fighting for what you believe in.

In what ways do you fight for what you believe in? How can you bring more love into your battles?

This is a chapter from my new inspirational book Living Wisely. It draws on my knowledge of Taoism and Kabbalah's mystical Tree of Life to provide guidance to live with more joy, beauty and harmony. Living Wisely is a modern guidebook, which uniquely blends the ancient wisdom of these two great traditions in everyday language. You can open to any page, or the book can be read cover-to-cover to experience the underlying energy flow of the Tree of Life.

Your essence contains a timeless, unconditional love that connects you to all of life. With this in mind, I invite you to take a few moments to dwell on the value of keeping your heart open when in conflict and what is the cost of not doing so. As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments below.

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

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