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One important thing about yoga is it helps us open up emotionally. Regular practice amplifies our capacity for love and compassion. To me, practicing yoga is an important part of learning to be present and loving in all my relationships.

So when a friend shared this beautiful passage with me, I had to share it with you. The following is a conversation from the famous play A Raisin in the Sun by the great Black American playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The dialogue takes place between daughter Beneatha and her Mama. They are talking about their brother/son Walter, who has just lost the family’s fortune. Mama’s wisdom is something we should all keep with us.

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Beneatha: Love him? There is nothing left to love.

Mama: There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing. Have you cried for that boy today? I don’t mean for yourself and for the family ’cause we lost the money. I mean for him: what he been through and what it done to him. Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and  made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain’t through learning — because that ain’t the time at all. It’s when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in hisself ’cause the world done whipped him so! When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.

What are your favourite quotes about love?