Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today, as we take time to express love and appreciation for those nearest us, let’s think beyond the standard flowers, chocolate and hearts.
Love is a word that is often restricted to describing romantic relationships. Obviously romantic, sexual relationships are a profound expression of love (at their best) and it is understandable that we focus on this as the ultimate expression of love.
But romance and sex are far from the only way to give and receive love and today, of all days, it seems important and worthwhile to think about all the forms of love we share.
Love comes in the form of family relationships — parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents. Wherever we have come from, we’ve had people who supported and cared for us, whether they were blood-relatives or our chosen family Today is a good day to reach out to them, if we can, and express our love.
Love comes in friendships — as important as romance is, we would be lost without out friendships. They are powerful sources of emotional comfort and energy, shared memories and happiness. Take the time today to let your friends know how much you love them.
Love comes in unexpected ways — love is to be found in the affection between colleagues or yoga classmates, in the bonds between those with whom you share interests, even in links forged through social media or hobbies. Often we don’t think of these everyday bonds as “love” but I believe they are. Every time we connect with another human being in a respectful, caring, appreciative way, it is an expression of love.
Today, let’s celebrate by expanding our definition of love and opening our hearts to all the goodness in our lives.