14 April | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Love has power to create understanding, a sense of unity

Beyond personal relationships, love plays a significant role in shaping society; Love has power to heal, to provide hope, and to help us find meaning in adversity

Love is a concept that has captivated poets, philosophers, and thinkers for centuries. It’s the driving force behind countless works of art, literature, and music. Love is what binds us to one another, creating connections and relationships that bring meaning and fulfilment to our lives. Love is essential for our emotional well-being and plays a vital role in our daily lives. It is the driving force behind countless human actions and decisions. Love in its various forms, brings joy and fulfillment. The love we receive from family and friends, the love we share with a partner all contribute to our overall happiness.

Our relationships provide the framework for our social and emotional lives, and love is what keeps them strong. Love binds us together, fostering a sense of belonging and connection. It makes us feel understood, valued, and supported. As the thirteenth century Persian poet Rumi eloquently stated, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. It encourages personal growth and motivates us to become better versions of ourselves, to overcome obstacles, and to strive for our goals and dreams.” The importance of self-love cannot be overstated, as it is the foundation for all other forms of love.

When we love and value ourselves, we can offer love and empathy to others. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Beyond personal relationships, it plays a significant role in shaping society. It has the power to create a sense of unity and understanding among individuals and communities. This works like a glue that holds communities together. It brings people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs into a shared understanding and a collective purpose. It is the same that we don’t choose our family, they are gifted as we are to them.

‘Love provides all of us with resilience to face life’s challenges’

The essence of love is not just important when everything is going well; it is especially crucial during difficult times. Love has the power to heal, to provide hope, and to help us find meaning in adversity. It has been proven to have physical and emotional healing properties and the support can aid in recovery from illness, grief and trauma. Love provides us with the resilience to face life’s challenges. It inspires us to push through adversity and find strength in ourselves and our relationships. It can help us find meaning in the face of suffering and reminds us that the bonds we form with others and the love we give and receive are what truly matter.

We are human beings, not human doings. It is our being, our true self within, that is the fountain of love. Going about our doings through the day may get the bills paid or clean up the kitchen, but it is from our core being that love emanates. We can do all those actions while deeply connected to our beings, and bring love to all that we offer the world. And we can also radiate love simply by just being here at the foot of a tree, in the office, or holding our child hand. Remember that who you are precedes what you do; and the deepest level of your being is love itself.

When we fully give ourselves to something, we have invested our whole being. Our intent is to engage with our awareness and attention in whatever we choose to do. If we are fully committed to love at this moment, completely intent on feeling love, acting from love, embodying love, giving and receiving love then love will more naturally flow from us. And if it doesn’t, then holding to our intent, will work with and through the obstacles that arise to becoming the loving beings we choose to be. Well, uncover the blocks to receiving love and the beliefs that our actions of love aren’t enough, or that were not enough to be lovable. Fully engaged, in any endeavor, leads us to what needs healing or release in order to reach our intended destination.

This present moment, right now, is all that is. We can’t live in the past or the future. It’s the present that has all the power; where we can act, receive, and be who we are here to be. I can’t think of anything more loving than being present with another. It’s the greatest gift we can give, and any other service and kindness follow from a willingness to be right here, right now with an injured animal or to stop and pick up the plastic wrapper left in the park. Our expressions of love arise from presence. When we’re truly present whether it’s simply with our breath or a tree or a loved one we become love. This is because in presence as a spiritual practice, the thoughts release, the heart is receptive, and we experience connection.

Connection is love. Don’t we feel deeply loved when someone else is present with us, when we feel connected to them? It reflects that we are cherished and valued. We receive the attention and acknowledgment that each of us longs for. We also experience this deep sense of connection by being listened to, receiving eye contact, a thoughtful touch, and most importantly feeling that someone is right there with us, no matter what all potential expressions of presence. That profound connection creates oneness, which is an experience of love. Presence awakens love in us not only when with another human being, by giving full of ourselves to the moment, whatever it offers, we feel a sense of love even without an object to focus our love on.

Imagine how it would feel to feel that love within you, no matter the circumstance. It is possible when practicing presence. Love is an active choice that we can bring to any action, object, situation, or living creature that we encounter. Whether it is a loved one, a mountain top, or your own self, set aside your device for a bit and trust that the to-do list will get done later. Let your love for those you care about in your life be expressed through being fully present. To me, that is the essence of love.