As we enter this month of February, which for some is the month of love, let me leave you with a note on love.
Whether you are single, in a relationship or married, there are still so many that are seeking love; that touch, that look, that feeling, that taste and those words.
If you are on a journey for love in the world, it will be long and weary.
For love, it is within.
So what does this mean?
It means that you love yourself first before you offer it as a gift to someone else. For you cannot give someone something that you yourself do not have.
To love yourself means nourishing yourself and making your own well-being and happiness a priority.
To love yourself means accepting yourself and recognizing your worthiness.
To love yourself means having compassion for yourself and speaking to yourself with gentleness and care.
Self-love is a practice, it is a skill and it takes work.
If you are on a journey for love within, it will be long and it will be rewarding.
For love, that is within, is unconditional and freeing.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto to you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart” but rather “I am in the heart of God”.
And think not you can direct the course of love,
for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. (Kahlil Gibran)
Sending love to you my friends,