I’m a big fan of self-love. Actually, love in general. While this is hard when in pain depression grief or any situation, it’s often part of the solution as well. Love has gotten me through it all. Especially love from others.
I had to ask myself “what the heck is love anyway?!”
And I learned that it is something that comes before words yet can inform them.
It’s something that I can express within my actions, thoughts and words but can only define for myself.
So let’s define! For me, love is the impulse to connect, to survive and thrive, to grow to share and to protect and nurture.
I suppose it’s analogous to the will to live but it is also life itself.
Some cultures have many different words for different kinds of love. My love of say, my iPhone is one of appreciation of an object that I relate to daily, and there is sentiment attached. I am protective of her and sometimes neglectful. I make sure that she gets recharged while I sleep.
My love of my body is in many ways different. Boy also has needs such as sleep food nurturing, care, is touch sensitive but has a much more intimate relationship with me. I’m a big fan of body too. However I would never ever return him to the apple store for a new one. Very very attached. Without him, this life would end! I’m eternally grateful for this vehicle through the third dimension :p
My love of self, the divine and the souls I encounter along the way is much more sacred to me. This connection I see as eternal. Now while my body and iPhone are very helpful for facilitating connection with other people, it is my love of humanity that is most important to me. It keeps me going. Gives me invaluable purpose that can endure any pain.
It’s this love that has given me the strength to see myself through disease, addiction, hopelessness and despair.
Because I love you guys. And even after years of feeling isolated and disconnected I persevered because I wanted to feel connected to you again.
So thank you, humans for being so wonderful that I want nothing more than to hang out and be a part of the coolest pack of mammals in town (sorry dolphins)
What does love mean to you? How has it play a role in your life?
– with love, Ammanuel