“There Are No Words,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel
Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year, not just because it’s the day before my birthday, but also because the emphasis is on love. Who doesn’t want to see more love in the world?
I’m not talking about the chocolate-and-roses type of romantic love. I’m referring to love for ourselves and each other. Love for the planet and all of her beings. Love for the Universe and divine order. Love of beauty, peace, freedom and happiness for all.
Ironically, the real solution to escape the feeling of being alone is to learn how to be alone. In the quietude of meditative self-reflection, one may cultivate compassion and forgiveness for and of oneself. In the fostering of self-love, one emerges as worthy, as enough. One belongs fully to oneself just by the mere existence of one’s own humanity, without the need of anyone’s approbation.
In this absence of need, love transmutes from something taken to something given. The focus of love shifts from the self to the world.
This is something I work on everyday — feeling secure with who I am and not needing others’ approval so that I can extend love to the world. And it continues to be a challenge.
Of course a little chocolate never hurts! In celebration of love, Valentine’s Day and my birthday, I made some vegan chocolate chip cookies. They turned out a little uh — unusual, because I used whole grain spelt flour, oat milk and no oil or fat. But they’re edible, and I’m enjoying them!
I’m wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day! May you feel love and spread love all the days of your life.
How will you celebrate love this Valentine’s Day? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,