Love seems to be confused with our perceived connection to it. Love is not painful, but when we feel that we have lost our connection to it, the pain stemming from the “loss” can run deep. I want to share a handful of brief, but powerful, notes about what love really means. May they serve your connections.
To understand love—the real kind, the only kind.
My experience of love has flourished since recognizing it as more than a sensation reserved for intimate relationships.
The perceived absence of love hurts and often engenders unloving thoughts, speech, and actions, but what about when we approach that “absence” with what seems to be missing? Ah, love.
I hope these short, meaningful notes remind you to embody love, not despite what you feel but because of it. When you feel hurt, dismantled, closed down, tense, misunderstood, or just plain unloved, consider the love that’s “missing” and treat the pain as though it’s a call for your personal application of love.
What Love Really Means: Some Thoughts
1. Love is already here, but you may need to unlock the door.
Love is always available, but more easily accessed when we practice accepting what already is. tell a friend
2. Love is energy: it is not destroyed; our experience of it changes.
Grief is proof that love still lives. tell a friend
3. Love is the means and the end.
A loving approach sets the tone for where you are going and how you arrive. tell a friend
Related post: Serve Yourself Tea, a self-acceptance poem.
4. Love is an innate gift; the more you give, the more you feel its presence.
I think you’ll appreciate this post about remaking the meaning of love through positive connection.
What does love really mean to you?
In the comments below, share your definition of love, how your experience of it has grown through challenging times, stories, or your favorite ways to give and receive love—I’d love to know.
Have a friend who gets it? Share these notes with them!
Love: make it the goal, make it the journey.