An excellent way to practice love is to set your intention on seeing beyond someone’s behavior or personality. Try to realize that beneath the surface insecurity, negative thinking, and poor behavior, everyone is connected to God. Just as you wouldn’t get angry at someone simply because he or she is in a wheelchair, you need not be angry because a person hasn’t yet opened his heart to the nourishment of his Soul. When people act in unloving ways, it only means they are out of touch with their Souls and aren’t feeling spiritually nourished. When that happens, there is no need to panic. The best we can do for ourselves is to nourish our own Soul by looking beyond the behavior we don’t care for, thus practicing the art of love.
~Richard Carlson, Ph.D – “Soul Intention” in Handbook for the Soul