As its Valentine’s Day this week, I thought the perfect subject to talk about is “LOVE”.
Love is love. It’s always the same. Whether you’re loving this day, this moment, the salad you’re eating or your significant other.
I’ve always been attracted to the word LOVE. When I was younger I had a narrower view of love. Although I had a lot of people and a lot of things I loved, I associated the word “love” mostly with romance and the love between couples.
As I grew older I realized that love had lots of avenues and was present in many aspects of my life. I now experience love all the time. I have love for my husband, my parents, my children, family, friends, acquaintances, my students and clients. I have love for food, my hobbies, walking in nature, etc. The list goes on! I even find myself having love for strangers!
Sometimes I have a great waiter or waitress in a restaurant and I’ll say to whoever I’m with, “I love that person”. Sometimes I just see something in someone and I feel love towards them.
I also find great pleasure in spreading love. When I have an opportunity to make someone smile or feel better by sharing something from my heart it feels great!
The one love we sometimes forget about or don’t remember to pay attention to, is the love for ourselves. Having love for ourselves helps us connect more deeply with our own soul. Taking care of and loving ourselves only strengthens our ability to love others.
It’s kind of like the concept on the airplane. If you put your mask on first so you can breathe, you’ll be able to assist others. If you love yourself first, you’ll be able to share love more freely with others.
I know sometimes things have happened in our lives that makes us feel like there’s a dimmer on the love inside of us. If you can begin releasing it little by little the benefits will be amazing.
You can begin by just committing a few minutes a day for seven days and focus on releasing love that you have tucked away inside of you. One exercise that’s kind of fun and can help is to write down all the things that you love. It can be anything! It can be dancing in your living room, or chandeliers, cleaning out your closet. Whatever makes you feel good! Then each day, you can choose one or more of those things to incorporate into your life. Practice reconnecting with the love inside of you. Of course it’s your decision whether to do this or not.
By doing this you will become less judgmental of yourself and you will feel happier and more fulfilled. That will allow you to spread more love.
I love the ripple effect of that!
Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and lots of LOVE,
P.S. Watch for the upcoming challenge on my FaceBook page. I’m going to lead you in a 5-day challenge to create your intentions. I look forward to seeing you there.