By Saleem Rana
Interview by Allen Cardoza
November 12, 2012
Reverend Ed Bacon, author of “8 Habits of Love,” spoke to Allen Cardoza of the “Answers for the Family” show on LATalk Radio about how to move through fear to live a life full of love and creative self-expression. The charismatic guest spoke about finding one’s true calling in life, forgiveness, and contribution to the well-being of others, among other topics.
ABOUT REVEREND BACON
Ed Bacon, the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, is a passionate advocate for peace and justice in the community, the United States, and the world. His Episcopal parish has a congregation of more than 4,000 people, and the church has earned a well-deserved reputation for multi-ethnic worship and for championing global harmony.
Recognized as a thought leader, Reverend Bacon has received several honors for his peace and interfaith work. He has also been a guest on Oprah’s Soul Series on XM’s Oprah & Friends Radio and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as been a regular contributor on Oprah.com.
What Are the 8 Habits of Love?
During the interview, the guest described how he had been inspired to come up with the eight habits of love based on his life-long pursuit of spiritual values and his study of great spiritual men and women. Inspired by Oprah Winfrey to write about his deep understanding of spiritual truths, Reverend Bacon found that the antithesis of fearful living is to practice stillness, truth, forgiveness, compassion, play, candor, generosity, and community.
Reverend Bacon said that we live in a culture that promotes fear-based thinking, and, in fact, vested interests find it profitable to keep the current culture of fear alive in society.
While fear did play a role in survival, as a momentary prompt in times of danger to decide whether to fight or flee, it had now become a pervasive state of mind in modern culture. The presence of fearful thinking led to reactive living because it stimulated the Reptilian Brain, our most primitive brain function. Alternatively, those who practiced love were able to access the higher order Mammalian Brain and Neocortex and live creative, successful lives.
The way to access love is to practice the fundamental pairing of generosity and stillness. Generosity is a deep way to relate to others. By serving as an instrument of kindness, the essential nature of the Universe, one is able to offer others a blessing. Stillness, on the other hand, helps a person get replenished from within. It can be accessed through meditation, deep conscious breathing and other methods. Cardoza shared that he experiences the power of stillness through practicing 20 minutes of gratitude meditation each morning and that it sets the right tone for the rest of his day.
Discover the secrets of the 8 habits of love by visiting: http://answersforthefamily.com/8-habits-of-love-ed-bacon/ where you can listen to this powerful interview with Reverend Bacon in its entirety.