If nothing else, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to write about one topic that I truly love – Love.
What is this elusive love?
It’s as commonplace as the air we breathe, and yet, as mysterious as Life itself.
The most famous description of love, which is recounted time and time again goes like this:
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,
Love never fails.
It seems to me that True Love is about what we can give, and how we can serve.
It exists only when we are not concerned about the fears and wants of our small self.
It appears when we are willing to surrender and release into the Mystery of the Infinite… into something so much Greater and more potent then our own expectations, anticipated needs, or assumed desires.
If it is happiness we seek, we need to focus on loving more and desiring less.
Desires always are tainted with selfish motives, which spring up from our deepest fears, and an anxious clinging to some version of how we want life to be.
They make us smaller, and ultimately, enslave us.
Love is a Freedom song.
It heals us, and restores our soul.
It is both the most tender and most powerful force we are able to experience.
It reveals to us our true nature, as burning sparks from a Divine fire we call God.
Although today is often thought to be a day for new lovers and sappy romance, it seems to me that this is only a place to start…
Real Love is what remains after everything else has fallen away.
It is the glue that holds us all together.
It is the foundation of every deep friendship that has stood the test of time, and is the cord that connects us over lifetimes.
It is present when we know all the faults and wrongs, and misguided steps of someone, and choose to adore them anyway - just because they Are.
It is the power of forgiveness.
We can feel it when we look deeply into the eyes of another, when our own ego-identity gets completely dissolved, and all that remains is the vastness of loving what Is.
It exists in our admiration for another being, simply because they are a beautiful creation, without wanting anything back in return.
Love is letting go.
And in letting go, we find true freedom and release.
We are strengthened by trust and hope.
We discover the Source of unlimited expansion and growth.
Love conquers all.
Love never fails.