What does LOVE mean to you?

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LOVE of life and all that we experience daily comes from what we believe is LOVE! The simplest words to express this inner emotion are, “I LOVE YOU!” As babies we are cherished with hugs and kisses from all who LOVE us and welcome us into the world. We grow up with this inner emotion expressed to us throughout our lives.

Sometimes though we are shown LOVE by another and then abused or lied to and filled with grief over something we did wrong. Where does the LOVE go? What is the fear that holds this person captive to do harm to someone they claim to LOVE?

“Hearts grow from a love of life and of each other…” – Anthony T. Hincks

In life, we journey a path that either is filled with LOVE, lacks LOVE or we are confused by LOVE! Many of us live a life of not believing we are worthy of LOVE, feel LOVED or simply do not know how to LOVE ourselves or another. Where does that stem from?

  • February is the month of LOVE!
  • Red is the color of LOVE!
  • Candy, Flowers, Champagne, Jewelry express LOVE!
  • Emerald Green is the color of the 4th Chakra our heart that pulsates LOVE!
  • Hugs and Kisses embrace LOVE!
  • Diamonds speak of LOVE!

An entire day to celebrate the LOVE in our lives is offered every February 14th. There are songs as well and all choices of gifts, books, and means of celebrating this special day as a LOVING couple, parent, sibling, child or friend. Remember the little Valentine cards in school and the candy hearts with the words on them we shared. The sentence, “Will you be my Valentine?” The sweetness of these memories is of LOVE or pain today for some.

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love…” – Maya Angelou

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My granddaughter Luciana is an expression of LOVE. When she FaceTimes me or I see her, I say to her,  I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! She giggles and says it back to me. At two years old she is LOVE!

Her brothers, Franco, six years and Sal, four years of age hug and kiss me when I visit and they feel LOVED and I feel LOVED.  Sometimes actions are louder than words when it comes to LOVE!

At ten years old my oldest grandson Hunter is at the age where he is cool and has the sweetest smile when he sees me and we both know we are LOVED! His brother, Hudson at nine years of age is a bundle of LOVE open to a hug and kiss from me and eager to show his strength. My six-year-old granddaughter, Jameson is pure beauty and LOVE as she beams out joy.

“Happiness is a child’s smile…” – Anthony T. Hincks

I cannot imagine ever in my life how they will experience this loss of LOVE one day through the societal relationships of others beliefs. I do understand that there is a reason for all that we experience on this amazing journey we travel. The plan, actions of others, karma, release and outlook on life is to discover the truth that rests with wonder when we were children like my grandchildren. Children have an inner wisdom that needs to be nurtured to allow their mastery of self to be experienced as a LOVE for self.

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To suffer abuse, abandonment, criticism, judgment, control from another is painful no matter how old you are. There is no LOVE ever portrayed in pain caused to another especially if they claim to LOVE you! This painful type of LOVE cuts deeply into the core. We as a society accept pain as part of the path of life but it is not acceptable.

As a mother, I have raised four children with LOVE, kindness and respect. Today, I choose LOVE in all situations completely. Why? I believe that LOVE is the answer to all the craziness in life that many experience and choose instead of LOVE!

What if, we decided to live and let live as the saying goes with no reaction of anger, control, criticism or judgement towards another? It is not easy but it is time to try in some way to forgive and LOVE each other. To be kind, honest and release our own fears and embrace LOVE! If there is someone in your life filled with fear, anger and judgment know they are in pain and not capable at this time to choose LOVE! Offer them your LOVE!

Look around at those you say you LOVE …

  • Does your heart skip a beat when you see them?
  • Do you respect their choices in life?
  • Are you in awe of their sacredness?
  • Have you told them that you LOVE them and showed them with an action?
  • When was the last time you took time to be with the one you LOVE  holding hands?
  • What surprise do you have planned to express LOVE this Valentine’s Day or any day?
  • Do you see your LOVED one, really see who they are as they are?
  • Can you relate with LOVE when your LOVED one needs your compassion?
  • How true are you in life to all whom you claim to LOVE?
  • Do you fear expressing LOVE because of your upbringing?
  • Can you forgive someone who has harmed you in the past, by taking their LOVE away?

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving…” – Paulo Coelho

Valentine’s day will come and leave and there will be tears of surprise, engagements, joy, happiness and lots of candy and flowers. For some there will be no celebrating, no joy, happiness or candy and flowers. LOVE simply is the emotion of who you are and the life you choose to live.

If you LOVE yourself you are filled with joy, respect and happiness. It is not the normal choice for many because of the society we leave in that has created this holiday as one day to tell another and show them how we LOVE them. LOVE simply is a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly emotion in life that needs to be expressed not held back or refused. Where there is LOVE, there is action, otherwise it is just another word!

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Choose LOVE for yourself and every day will be Valentine’s day!

Pray. Meditate. Journal.

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2 thoughts on “What does LOVE mean to you?

  1. For me as a mother the hardest thing for me to witness is when any of my children felt anything but fully loved and appreciated. Sending them out into the world equates in them experiencing people and situations that are not based in love. Thankfully we as mothers can be the best examples of pure love so they have a good base of understanding of what healthy and loving relationships look like. Thanks for your beautiful heart centered post Linda! You are an amazing example of LOVE💕💖💜💗💝

    1. Julie, I appreciate your loving words and insight! Over the years my children have mentioned different situations that disturb them in general! My answer has always been that others were not raised to know and experience unconditional love! This is the sadness in life that we all carry as One!

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