What is love to you? When you think love what images come in to your mind? When you smell it is there a certain perfume, cologne or food that conjures in your memory? When you see love whose face or what places do you want to look at? When you feel it is there a certain blanket, petting your puppy, or the way you are touched or kissed that brings that overwhelming loved feeling? Taste of love….ooooo yes this could be erotic but isn’t that part of it? The taste of a kiss, the taste of a person, the taste of sweet strawberries, salty fresh raw oysters…or maybe just the love of grandma’s fresh baked cookies?
When I meditated recently I chose this as my prompt to focus on. I thought of all the sensations in life that make me feel really loved and in love….memories, hopes, dreams of feeling each level of love in my soul. We are creatures who love to be loved and give love. To connect with another human on any level is wonderful, to have a deep conversation, to laugh with someone, to make eye contact and smile, to hold hands and kiss….these are all levels of love. We should be sharing loving moments with those we connect with daily. Often love is confused with being something deep and singled out for only a few important people in our lives, but love should be boundless and shared as often as possible. Respect is also love, don’t use to love in a negative way, it can be shared without disrespecting, losing trust, or hurting someone….if that happens then it really isn’t love to begin with.
Take time in this week to stop and ask what defines love for you and then focus on it. Love is a word and action often misused and abused….define what it really means to you and then express it daily in the world around you. If you show love through your work, art, cooking, or you just want to smile more or make deeper connections with friends and family by reaching out to talk or listen more…these are all acts of love that feed our souls and I think right now we could all use a little more soul food.
With health, happiness, and love,