Friday, February 14, 2014
Love. One of the simplest complicated emotions-experiences-feelings-desires we humans have. There are a million ways to feel it, to express it, to let it in and to shut it out. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” I cannot imagine a better goal to gage our loving by – not only for our beloveds but for ourselves. So often love is fettered, bound and defined by our deepest fears and limitations. We place ourselves and those we love in cages designed to keep us comfortable, safe and, most importantly, not alone. We know that we cannot truly love another until we truly love ourselves. Do you love yourself in such a way that you feel free? Do you honor and adore yourself to such a degree that you wouldn’t dream of having and being “less than” in a relationship? Do you soar to untold heights not only in the arms of those you love, but in the deepest places where you hold yourself? Be brave enough to embrace the paradox of letting go that you may hold, releasing that you may keep and unbinding that you may remain tied. Happy Valentine’s Day, Internetland. Love freely, freely love, and eat ridiculous amounts of chocolate.