“These are the things I know: you always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, plant rosemary at your gate, keep lavender for luck and fall in love whenever possible.”
~ Alice Hoffman
For the last couple of months I have been thinking about the various meanings of love. Every person would probably describe the word differently and there are so many kinds of love! There is the love of your lover, your soul mate, your significant other, there is the love for your children, there is the love between friends, family, siblings, there is even the love of nature and the love of things. That’s a lot of love! As I sit here, I continue to think of other kinds of love. Self love. Now that’s a hard one sometimes.
How would I describe love? For the love of my husband, I would say that I rely on him, I trust him, I tell him things that I don’t tell anyone else. I feel safe with him and weird when he is not around. We have our own language and jokes. We can be annoyed one minute and laughing the next. We support each other in our goals and dreams and our growth. We raise each other’s vibration.
For the love of my children. That love feels so strong. I do anything I can for my kids to make their lives easier. My pride for them is so deep, they take my breath away. I am a non violent person but if you mess with my kids… Look out.
Then there is the love I have for life and for vibrating as high as I can. I love life and I love helping people to find JOY and happiness in their lives. I love being able to make a difference by being a light bearer to a peaceful and joyful life. I love helping people to focus on the beauty and magic that is all around us, if we choose to see it. My cup is overflowing with happiness because I choose to focus on the positive.
Self love has been the hardest love for me. I grew up with body issues and thinking I wasn’t smart. I have unwound a lot of misbeliefs and judgments around myself. It has been a lot of work, but I have improved greatly. I believe the stronger your self love, the healthier boundaries we have. I think the self esteem allows us to see when we need to say yes or no.
What do you think about love? What does it mean for you? I welcome your comments.
“We can only learn to love by loving.” ~ Doris Murdock