Love in strange places
Thursday, 29 Jan 2009
When we think of love, our thoughts often turn first to romantic love. Blissful love, fiery love, the love that takes our breath away and turns our hearts and souls inside out.
But love offers itself to us in both unusual and ordinary places. Sometimes fleetingly, just for a moment in time and in more enduring forms. Love is not necessarily something that comes to us, love can be created from within and is available at any time.
There is love in doing and giving. We experience deep and unselfish love through compassion and the caring of others, which asks nothing in return but the wellness of another. When we create a beautiful meal for others or craft a gift we experience love of giving. We show our love of life and opportunity through the pursuit of our passions and following our dreams.
There is love in being. By sitting still and observing nature or simply our surroundings and finding gratitude for all that is, we feel love. By incorporating a practise of gratitude in daily life our capacity for love increases in all forms.
There is love in forgiveness. In forgiving others the heart grows stronger, in forgiving ourselves the heart feels lighter.
There is love in connection. Through friendship we learn the unconditional love that grows with trust, loyalty, listening, laughing and simply being there for each other. In connecting with ourselves, by tapping into our inner spirit, by appreciating her, thanking her, letting her grow and become the best she can be, is to experience love of self. By connecting to a source higher than yourself through prayer or meditation, a deep profound sense of love flourishes.
When I’m focused in the right direction, love flows. It oozes from within and without. For me it starts with self-love, and feeling that connection to a higher source. Acknowledging that I’m perfect just as is (imperfections and all!) and being thankful for where I am at right in this moment.