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Loving and being loved are both simple acts, when you boil them down to their core elements. STAYING in love is the true challenge, as most of us who have been in any relationship longer than a calendar year can attest to.
We all want love. And we all deserve love...both giving and receiving. I've talked in past blog articles about the manner that we each express love (Allow Love, Healing Morning 10/22/2009 and How Do You Love? Healing Morning 10/23/2009). We each have a unique fingerprint for the way that we express our deepest emotions. Some of us are more quiet in our approach, and others are exhuberant and flamboyant. Many fall somewhere in between those two extremes. The beauty of love is that there is no right or wrong manner of expression, as long as the people around us are aware of our true feelings and devotion.
Most people who follow my blog, or who are connected with me via various social media services know that I am an avid fan of the 13th century Persian philosopher, Rumi. One of my absolute favorite quotes of this amazing man is as follows:
The minute I heard my first love story,Another favorite Rumi quote:
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.
Because of loveThis man's thoughts always transport me and lift me up to a higher level of appreciation. It never fails to rivet my imagination that Rumi lived so many centuries ago, yet much of his thoughts apply to this modern age. We all know that love is eternal. For those who believe in an existence beyond this physical plane, the concept of love gains a completely different meaning and dimension. Loss and sadness become bearable because of this, as the belief of reunion at some point is embraced.
I have become
the giver of light.
Nothing I say here is unique, or new. Philosophers and great minds, artists, poets and musicians have plumbed the depths of Love, finding endless forms of expression. Personally, I have a continual inner dialogue with Love. Some would call it God/Universe...that Divine Higher Power. Some would call these conversations prayer. For me, the conversation is ongoing and multi-layered. I don't believe that a single letter to Love would suffice, if I were to sit down and focus on a simple communication. That's why I tend to engage in mindful interaction on a daily basis with God/Universe. I see the answers everywhere around me. In nature, in the faces and smiles of those I love, in random unexpected moments of laughter, in hardship and in those exquisitely peaceful moments of quiet.
In the most trying and challenging of times, Love has never left my life path. I feel it as a sure, steady thread of energy. If I could describe my mental images, I would paint a tapestry of delicate, yet sturdy woven fabric...invisible to our human eyes, but palpable. Love is felt with all our senses, after all. Through touch, through sight, through sounds and fragrances that build hallmark memories. It wraps around us like an energetic blanket, so I guess that's why I envision an ethereal fabric that is incapable of being truly destroyed. In my mind's eye, the fabric of Love is an enduring, one-size-fits-all piece of cloth.
As far as the original question that I posed, I think of that often. What would my letter to Love say? I have written a few of those over the years and most likely will write more. It's what I do, after all....writing and questioning and musing on those indefinable concepts. I have always thought that the conversation, if I could have it face to face with Love, would begin with a smile and a warm, welcoming, heartfelt embrace. And soon thereafter, I would engage in a conversation spanning all of known time. Can you imagine the stories that Love could tell us? The beauty is almost beyond comprehension, showering down upon countless individuals throughout history, as the human spirit bursts with the need and desire to express love.
Ancient wisdom teaches us that that which we identify as God, or the Divine, sought to create a world where this energy of Love could be physically expressed....and our beautiful planet was the result. So, perhaps one of my letters to Love would begin with a simple Thank You, and a nod of appreciation for sticking with us here on Earth, giving us endless opportunities to give Love a voice, hands to touch, arms to embrace and hearts to overflow.