Today’s message is: Live as Love. It rushed into my mind this morning like the tune of a song I know, and it felt so right.
Live as the love you truly want to be. Live as the love you want to receive from others. Live as the love you want to see in this world.
You may be asking,”what exactly does that look like? What actually is this thing called love?” But I believe these questions can only be answered by your own heart; by feeling your own heart.
Your heart knows what love is. Even if your mind tries to intellectualize it a thousand times over – even if you read books about it and listen to speakers on the topic – still, it is ultimately your own heart that feels the answer.
When I ask myself, many answers arise! My heart leaps and wants to show me all the ways love breathes itself into my life!
Love can be listening, sharing and communicating. Love can be expressing myself honestly, even when I’m afraid.
Love is sincerity, compassion, understanding.
Love begins with loving myself – taking care of my body with nourishing foods, restorative rest, and exercise/ movement that brings me joy. Love is in each mindful breath I take. Love is listening to my body when it’s hurting and giving it what it needs.
Loving myself is also about taking care of my mind, gently bringing my mind back to my body and observing myself with patience and kindness. Love is practicing to manage my thoughts, emotions and beliefs, discovering self-acceptance and self-trust. Love is not about having to be perfect – it’s about learning to fully embrace my imperfect self. Love is about letting go of the unhealthy expectations and perspectives that steal my love away from me.
Love is about giving and receiving.
Love is about gratitude and appreciation.
Love is about the beauty of the present moment. Therefore, living as love is being in the present moment.
When I love, I grow and expand myself. My soul shines brighter and I feel like the entire heaven & earth are smiling with me, loving with me.
Living as love is learning forgiveness for myself and others. The more I surrender to the Great Beauty of existence itself, the more my love is free.
Many years ago, when I was studying abroad at the University College Galway in Ireland, I took a literature class where we read James Joyce’s, Ulysses. There was a quote in that book I will never forget. It read, “Love loves to love love.” I think it is in this message, this truth, where we find proof that if we live as love, then love will certainly grow on this planet. Because love loves to love love.
Love is not all good days. It’s not only roses and butterflies. However, love is in recognizing that the power lies within me to love myself despite my hard times. And when I do, it will not be long before the light of love will illuminate my heart once again.
It seems to me, living as love is the best win-win choice there is. Because, when I love, it’s like a magical medicine for my own body, mind and spirit. At the same time, the beautiful aroma of love will most definitely be healing for those I share it with as well.
Living as love is fundamental for a new humanity – it is an essential ingredient in building a peaceful, harmonious world.
So, from my heart to yours, please share with me: what are all the ways you live as love?