“Love is a state of being. Your love is not outside: it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it can never leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.” -Eckhart Tolle-
Our modern-day Valentine’s Day, removed from its religious and pagan past, has evolved into one of the most celebrated holidays on the calendar. However you choose to feel about it– whether you thrive on going all out with romantic gestures or find yourself resisting the industry that is created around these holidays– I’d like to invite you to think of it as an opportune moment to pause, reflect, and honor what is really being celebrated: LOVE.
We can start by recognizing and acknowledging how love is present in our lives; how we experience it in all different shapes and forms. Love is a part of us every moment of every day. The depth and meaning of love expands when we make a conscious effort to cultivate it. We are then able to start feeling the endless potential of what true love is really capable of.
Bring your awareness to your own life for a moment. Can you think of ways in which love is expressed to or from you that you may be overlooking (self-love included) ? Tune in and connect to these intentions. With a little awareness, you’ll find that love is constantly pouring from our hearts and the more we give, the more we receive; the more we appreciate it, the richer our lives. There is true love and goodness within and around each and every one of us. It all starts from within, and in return, these feelings feed us to continue to expand our hearts through expressing our feelings, acting with kindness, and contributing to a positive, fulfilling life. Celebrate love.
Love is …*
*Believing in yourself, believing in others
*The practice of self-love and self-acceptance
*A genuine smile
*A hug, a kiss
*Visiting, calling, sending a letter, e-mail, facebook post, text… etc. to let someone know you are thinking of them
*Holding the door open for a stranger
*Getting treated to a coffee or tea, “just because”
*Saying “I love you” because you mean it
*Hearing “I love you” because you are loved
*Lending a helping hand
*Being comfortable in your own skin
*Having a partner, friend, or family member plan an entire day or night just for you
*Accepting all the moods you experience in a given day
*Knowing when to say “I’m sorry”
*Home made letters or gifts
*Giving or receiving a gift, “just because”
*Cleaning the home is a sign of love and respect for your shared space
*Being in the moment
*Having a partner, friend, and/or family member’s shoulders to cry on
*Being a shoulder for a partner, friend, and/or family member to cry on
*Cooking a meal for yourself and others.
*Volunteering or donating in your community
*Singing and dancing
*Saying and hearing “thank you”
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“Love is real, real is love.” – John Lennon