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.

www.LindaAmato.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things…” – Albert Einstein

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We are preparing to let a year-end and another one to begin. The coming year 2019; holds surprises, losses, sadness, joy, kindness, happiness, and memories to cherish. Some of us will make new friends and some of us will release friends. There will be weddings and divorces, births and deaths.

  • How will you plan for 2019?
  • What action do you need to take to implement your plan?
  • What goals are you setting?
  • How will you contribute to life in general?
  • How does the big picture in your life look?
  • What are you letting go of?

I want to share with you a process of deeply looking within and answering the following questions. There does not need to be a surprise in 2019. You as a Divine Essence of God have the power to manifest your heart’s desire.

“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life…” – Shannon L. Alder

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  • Who do you believe you are?
  • In life daily, who do you show to others, that you are?
  • Do you have boundaries set?
  • How accepting are you?
  • How rejecting are you?
  • Who and what do you let in? Why?
  • Who and what do you keep out? Why?
  • Who are you connecting to through communication in your world?
  • What kind of relationships are you forming?
  • What engages you in life?
  • Are you learning something new?
  • Is your life coherent?
  • Are you creating wholeness around yourself?

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect…” – Anais Nin

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I have been witness to the power of taking pen to paper since I learned how to write. A form of the depth of discovery of self becomes insightful as one goes within. We as a society are bombarded by the beliefs of a world that is an illusion. The truth of self waits to be awakened by the action of our thought process.

In 2004, I received the words; “find that which creates freedom of thought!”  Hmm, I thought to myself what does that mean? I was clueless! I was enticed by the words especially ‘creates freedom!’ The journey began and I learned through the discovery of self that I had certain beliefs and truths that were gifts of mine to embrace. I learned to disengage from anything that was no longer serving me

After answering the above questions, may we all embrace the new year with a sense of belief, knowledge, and discovery of our truth of self? We as a society of human beings are desirous of a plan to move forward. The truth is that if there is no action taken there can be no freedom from the despair in our lives. There is a part of us that seeks a form of personal growth and self-mastery in our lives. The truth of who we are is in the answers we discover as we go within.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that…” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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In reflection, as I embrace the coming year 2019, I must admit I have lived the simple words of the above sentence to “find that which creates freedom of thought!” Connecting to the light within through the written word allowed me to create a life filled with freedom when I changed my thought process about myself, my life and others. I decided to choose love period.

Pray. Meditate. Journal.

www.LindaAmato.com