By Micara Link
Love. What is it? Of all the words in the English language, this four-letter word is one that seems to mean the most to people, we all want it, desire it, and enjoy the feeling of it, yet it’s so difficult to define. Love means many things depending on who you’re talking to or what you’re talking about.
Merriam-Webster defines love as “1) a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, 2) affection and tenderness felt by lovers, 3) warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion, 4) affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests.”
The Bible, in Corinthians 13:4 teaches that, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Spiritual teacher, Isha writes, “the concept of love is an all encompassing force of unity. The heart sees beyond the comparisons and judgment of the mind and sees with acceptance and embrace.” And, many other spiritual teachers, including world-renowned metaphysical lecturer, Louise Hay believe that “Love is always the answer to healing of any sort.”
And so it seems that love takes on many definitions, no wonder it’s so difficult to form one definitive definition. Beyond the ability of words to describe such an elusive concept, one thing remains consistent, and it is that love is something we all want and need.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many of us begin to think about the love (or lack of it) in our lives. Most of our thoughts revolve around the idea of romantic love, wooing our partner, arranging a special date, flowers, and chocolate. This can all be great and fun, Valentine’s Day is about that, but this year, I offer up the suggestion to take the concept of love one step further. This year ask yourself what love really means to you.
Every day people yearn for love. They act, say, and do things in hopes that the people around them will approve, and therefore, love them more. Love is tricky. We want it, yet we push it away. We give love to others, yet find it hard to give love to ourselves. Love can feel scary and vulnerable, yet safe and comforted. Loving can seem like a double-edged sword; if we open our heart up and truly love someone we could get hurt, and if you keep your heart closed you might never know what true love really is. Love can heal and love can hurt. No wonder we’re confused. Love isn’t logical. Love is a feeling. A feeling that most often is life changing.
Love. What is it? I don’t know if there is an answer, but as I sit and ponder this powerful force, I know I feel that love is everything.
I believe that in my essence, at my core, I am love and I believe that you are too. I believe that love IS the answer to everything. And as for my religion, that’s love, too. To me, love is compassion, appreciation, and kindness. Love forgives, heals, and unifies. I choose to practice loving, because I, too, am afraid of getting hurt, but I don’t want the cost of not loving at all, so I choose love over fear. I know that through self-love I am free. I know that living from a place of love reminds me of my connection to all of creation, including you. In my heart, I feel that love is truth, and I choose to live my truth.
So, I offer up this question again, What is Love? What does it mean to you? Would you like more love in your life, and if so, how would you go about doing that?
We each have our own personal relationship with love. Some of us find it hard to express while others give it freely. This Valentine’s Day gift yourself some love, go deeper, even if you already feel a strong and healthy connection to love, go further and discover more. Ask for entry into your heart and feel its wisdom…even if you do it while enjoying a box of chocolates!
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