Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
You will never receive the love destined for you, or give the love you are destined to give, if you fail to realize the love you are.
You are a pure gift. At every breath you draw, your existence is breathed into you. It is Love; it is from Love. Love creates you, and Love is the substance of you. The pain of life hides this truth from you, but it is nonetheless true – truer than all the loss, truer than all the suffering. Existence itself – your very own existence – is pure Mercy.
– From Charles Upton’s excellent and insightful book, Reflections of Tasawwuf.