It’s the LOVE month!
Disclaimer: Due to the present circumstances of what seems like a forever ongoing Covid-19 to try and avoid, which now has variations that sound pretty scary, it’s difficult for me to focus on writing about love. And so, that’s why I practice and keep on practicing.
After Rev. Janis’ talk this morning, I realize there’s a part of me that sits patiently waiting for acknowledgement, and to be reminded, that I am a part of the Eternal Love – that’s what brought me to my life on earth, and that I have both given, and received, an abundance of love throughout my life. It’s so easy for me to feel separate and alone, especially when I can’t gather with my family and friends to feel the physical companionship that comes from socializing and physical contact in community. This has been limited for (almost) all of us … for what seems to be a very long time. I also miss the stimulation of my thinking that’s just different when we aren’t together in person.
The Bible tells us there are 4 kinds of love:
Eros, which is the Greek god of erotic love. Storge, which is familial love.
Philia, which is brotherly love.
Agape, which is selfless, unconditional love.
Mahatma Gandhi so beautifully stated, “Where there is love there is life.”
Love is essential for our lives, and is both a feeling and an activity. Love encompasses opposites, and understands all things.
The supreme happiness of life consist in the conviction that one is loved.
A quote from Helen Keller: “One of the most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
Love moves us in a particular, beneficial, direction; I have to ask myself, is love my impelling force? And if not, I can ask Spirit to reveal to me how I am to love and serve, not just my family, but my community of sisters and brothers whether we are physically together or apart.
I remind myself today, as often as I need to – Love dissolves all fear and I live as a powerful expression of the Love of God today.
And from my favorite mystic, Rumi:
“Close your eyes,
Fall in love,
Happy Valentine’s Day to all, Namaste, Janie