I believe in the power and “magic” of these three words: I choose love. I believe they can change your life when lived. I penned this positive affirmation for love to spark true happiness and peace in yourself, in your relationships, and in your day-to-day encounters with the world. Because words chosen and spoken with intention carry powerful energy.
“Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world that does not hurt.” – Unknown Author
Let Love Be All That You See
Everything I see is either an act of love or a call for love.
When I think of the term falling in love, I envision love to be all around us, running through us at all times like an electrical current. Love is energy, creation, inspiration, a pathway and a guiding force, and it’s readily accessible in any given moment.
When we “fall” in love, we step fully into the current of love, side by side—we are united in and by love.
Love offers us the opportunity to lead from the truth and to unearth joy along the way. Using love as an approach to a difficult situation or conversation, for example, helps me to speak my truth with compassion rather than insecurity, guilt, or fear. I’m more self-aware instead of blindly catering to everyone else’s needs; my compassion extends both ways.
Love grants us the perspective to see that everything that matters in this world resonates with love, and what is not love does not matter; it is merely nothing. This is the perspective that empowers compassion when we’d otherwise be defensive or judgmental.
It’s always possible to choose love, in other words, if that is the perspective you choose to carry and color your world by. It takes some practice to turn the abstract concept into concrete examples.
This is how I see it: Everything is either an act of love, or a call for love. A stressful situation needs love; a broken heart needs love from the one who carries it; anger and sadness call for love.
When we see hateful people in the world, or feel impatient and frustrated with the world, we can become more compassionate knowing this person and this world is in need of love. Recognizing this, we open up to all the ways we can choose love right now instead of bringing more darkness to the matter.
Love Above Fear
I choose to bring love to the situation that tempts me to follow fear.
Hatred is not the opposite of love. Fear is love’s opposite. Fear and love do not really exist on the same spectrum, however, so they cannot truly be compared. You cannot compare fiction to truth; truth has no comparison. Truth just is and it always reveals itself when we lift the veil of fear from our eyes.
In this life, the unlearning of fear is part of our learning process.
As Marianne Williamson notes in her book, Return to Love: “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.”
Perhaps our greatest task is to remember what really matters and who we really are.“A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.” — A Course In Miracles Click To Tweet
You are not your mistakes, spiteful words, anxiety, stress, or negative thoughts. You are the love that may be forgotten in this moment, but which you can remember again.
A shift in perception from fear to love—from being consumed by the drama of the world to seeing all negativity and acts of fear as merely calls for love—is the miracle that can change your life on a daily basis. The shift is the miracle.
Living Your Affirmation for Love
Love is my ultimate intention, and so I choose to live in a loving world.
The practical application of this affirmation for love is what will spark a miracle (a shift in the way you see and thus live). The decision to lead with love could be reflected in nearly any scenario.
- Allowing people to be themselves rather than demanding they live up to any expectations is a reflection of love
- Being willing to forgive yourself or others is an act of love
- Greeting a perceived negative event as an opportunity to be grateful is a great display of love
- Deciding to consciously bring light into an otherwise darkened world is a loving decision
Placing love as our ultimate intention is akin to prioritizing peace over pain.
Love would have us move through life as though it were a blessing, not a burden, and it is our task to remember this. Each time we respond to negativity with compassion, seek the beauty as though it were a treasure to be uncovered, or give our smile to someone who might not have their own to give—we’re choosing love.
In what small ways and situations can you choose to lead or respond with love today?
Share your favorite sentiments from this affirmation for love and any stories of a shift with me in the comments.
Start spreading the love right now by sharing this affirmation with a friend.
Bring love to the surface with every step; breathe love with every breath. The journey is this moment; you are the journey.
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