13 Feb What is L.O.V.E?
What does love mean to you?
This Valentine’s Day, honor the concept of love by committing to expanding your definition of it. Our understanding and perception of how something is supposed to be or feel is shaped by our upbringing, the environment in which we live, and the experiences we encounter.
As part of our journey, it is our duty to challenge the concepts we have formed and the views we have adopted. Love, especially around Valentines Day, is constantly being defined by the media. Commercials tend to create expectations that reflect nothing but a watered-down version of what love is.
Before you head to the grocery store to pay for overpriced roses and boxes of chocolate for your special someone; before you start eating ice cream and binge watching Netflix to avoid feeling the void created by the illusion of ever-so-flawless Prince Charming, sit back and reflect about what true, genuine love means to you.
True love holds no record of wrong. Genuine love is all encompassing. Love is choosing to remember the love that was once there, rather than collecting data that feeds resentment and indignation. Love is resisting the impulse to judge others, while choosing to acknowledge their essence and to embrace their differences.
Love is the absence of hate. It is viewing those who hurt us not as our enemy, but as wounded individuals who need love and healing themselves. Love is wondering about others with an open mind. It is listening to their stories and trying to learn from everyone while supporting their healing process.
Love is not insecure attachments. It is not ego-boosting use and abuse of power. It is not infatuation or a selfish, fear-induced illusion of control.
Love is endless possibilities. It is freedom. It is grace, empowerment, and courage. Love is full acceptance of the true self. It is respect for our differences; it is togetherness.
Give yourself the opportunity to see love with the eyes of a newcomer, and begin to feel the palpable transformation.
Love is joy. Love is Love!
Happy Valentines Day!