Over the years the meaning and the use of the word “Love” has depreciated immensely. These days, “hate” and “jealousy” are the words that I hear more often then not. The divorce rate, crime, addiction, and depression, have all increased, while peace, happiness, nurturing, and harmony have rapidly begun to decrease. On a day like yesterday, Valentines Day, we need to recognize the origin and true meaning of love, and why it is SO important to spread it like a virus.
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Love is such a powerful word. It’s selfless, accepting, and unconditional. It is inherently pure and perfect. It can never be shamed, only wounded but it possesses the power to restore its faith and harmony effortlessly. The most natural form of love radiates from the center of our being just by passing along a smile or a simple “hello”. Love is an unbelievably easy thing to give and receive, we humans just have lost touch with our senses due to the judgment and anger that the media and our surroundings focus on.
I’ve come to a realization over and over again, that spreading love has become an act of embarrassment or judgement for so many. The complex and abstract nature of love often creates the idea of love to become a thought-terminating cliché. We become so entangled with the media that we forget that it’s okay to feel things, and feel things deeply. I’ll admit, I am definitely been guilty of allowing certain things like the “LA scene”, and reality shows, and broken hearts from allowing my physicality to love and be loved, but I have also learned through all of these stakes that these are especially the times to exit the void. I mean, being the tough guy is a fun facade for a night, but being vulnerable with your heart on your sleeve is where the inner God and Goddess comes out.
So what is love and why is it so vital to a healthy spirit?
According to oriental medicine, the heart is considered the organ of love and affection—the central organ of the fire element. It is both as giver and receiver of emotional warmth and residence of the mind-conscious awareness in all its forms.
What many people mistake as love, is the feeling of being loved. But fulfillment doesn’t come from receiving love. For example, when someone loves you, but you don’t care for them that way, what level of impact does that do to your happiness? Maybe some, but it doesn’t seem to do much because the feeling of happiness and completion that we strive for comes from loving others. When we love something or someone without wanting or expecting anything in return, we feel open, free and fucking great!
Moral of this post, is share and spread as much love as you possibly can. And when you think it’s enough, do more. It’s the everyday small things that count the most. Whether it’s loving someone else, your animal, your posession, or yourself, as Nike says, JUST DO IT. Take this as you homework for the week and the rest of your lives: Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and say “I fucking love myself”. Say hi with a big smile to every stranger you pass on the street. Give your best friend, or lover, or family member the biggest hug and let them know how thankful you are for them. Get a coffee for a homeless person, or open the door for someone. Love comes in all varieties and I promise you, the greatest feeling you will get from it is fulfillment; which in turn, equals LOVE.
Some of my favorite proverbs regarding love:
“All you need is Love..” The Beetles
“Love conquers all” Virgil
“…love one another just as I love you” Jesus in John’s Gospel 15:12
“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread” Mother Teresa
“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love. Henry Drummond
“To will the good of another” Aristotle
“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness” Oliver Wendell Holmes