With Valentine’s Day just around the river bend I have found myself thinking about love. I was feeling like I was shutting down and being bitter about it all, and so I asked myself what would be necessary to keep my heart open and the love flowing freely. I went around in circles until I realized I didn’t know what love actually was. Sure I have felt it, but I’ve never tried to define it. It’s one of those feelings that isn’t exactly easy to pin-point because it varies in degree. However, like any type-A person, I knew I had to try to hash out what love meant to me, and I, of course would do so by making a nice and accessible list.
I wrote “LOVE IS…” and then let the pen flow. But before I tell you what came up, can someone please cue the Haddaway music?
Love is ego-less. It doesn’t compare or contrast. It doesn’t need an identity. It is everything and nothing. Love just is.
Love is communication. It speaks from the heart. When the heart feels deeply it shares its sentiments with the world.
Love is spirit. It is the uniting force that threads the universe together. It is an omnipotent energy with the power to create and destroy, to re-create and re-destroy.
Love is vulnerable. It expresses all of its deepest and scariest truths.
Love is intimate. It brings people together physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Love is a kind act. We express love through action. How we treat others is ultimately how we treat ourselves. Through kindness to others, we bestow love on ourselves.
Love is trust. Love knows best. Love knows all. Love sees the bigger picture and it trusts the journey.
Love is reciprocal. Give it. Take it.
Love is real. Love gets real. Love is not a mythical unicorn. We’ve all experienced love’s many truths and lessons.
Love is non-attachment. It doesn’t need to control or be controlled. It allows itself to flow freely in non-resistance.
Love is passion. It is the driving force within us that allows us to create and support life. Love is music, art, food, travel, politics, sports, religion, work.
Love is healthy. When given the proper care, love grows and blossoms like a beautiful flower.
Love is barrier-breaking. Love sees no borders or boundaries. It knows only one language, that of itself. It makes no distinctions of race, class, gender or creed.
Love is soulful. It emanates from the deepest part of our being and seeps from our pores.
Love is unique. It differs from friendship to friendship, family to family, couple to couple. It is colorful and funky. It wears polka dots and floral, suspenders and bow ties.
Love is you.
YOU are love!