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What Is Love?

What is Love?

To attempt to define it seems like a tall order and perhaps even a presumptuous undertaking….. Therefore I am also bringing in 3 of my favorite sages…. Brene Brown, Dalai Lama and Winnie the Pooh….

I’m not sure definition is possible, but I believe that any discussion brings clarity. And a little chat about the positive light of love, can only help its beauty grow…..

I realized it is a feeling of wholeness, of balance, of peace. Sometimes it’s fireworks, but not the kind that leave an aftermath of ashes or weave a path of destruction. It’s being able to exhale and feel safe. It is the core of connection between all things – so sacred that it can’t be defined - it is just felt in recognizing the beauty and light within all things. It’s the daring to acknowledge that such pure energy exists within us, all of us, everyone. It’s not something we can hold onto or easily let go of - it’s an energy that lives in the air we share and the air we breathe.

“We cultivate Love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.” (Brene Brown – ‘Daring Greatly’)

It also appears to me that Love can perhaps be defined as ‘compassion,’ a simple expression of kindness, an exhale into understanding. Love is nurtured by Love. It is both a reflection and a mirror. The more we can cultivate compassion & kindness, within & towards ourselves – the more chance we have of sharing that sense of love towards others. It grows proportionately and it can be cultivated through practice.

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” The Dalai Lama

And when in doubt?

I think this beautiful insight from one of my favorite sages sums it up nicely….

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What are some of your thoughts? Please drop a line back and share, would 'love' to hear them :)

May you experience Love and Light in all that you do!

Blessings,

Meredith

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