A relationship that’s right for us is one that sets our spirit free.
Hey … Valentine’s Day is right around the bend, so it’s a good time to take a look at love—up close—and contemplate its meaning … just what the heck is it?
Finding a solid definition of love is fuzzy. There are probably as many ideas and definitions of it as there are people … lots.
I have a couple of favorite quotes and I notice they have freedom as a common theme. Here they are:
“There is something akin to freedom in having a lover who has no control over you, except that which he gains by kindness and attachment.”
Harriet Jacobs wrote that in her book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Here’s one by Wayne Dyer:
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.”
I included that little gem in a column I wrote, Finding the Right Someone.
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, says in his book, Teachings on Love, that love is a compilation of four components: loving kindness, joy, compassion and freedom. If either one of these is absent, he notes, love cannot flourish. I devoted an entire column to that idea. You can find it here.
And … what are your views on love? I’d LOVE to know. 😉