I had edited something recently where this piece of advise was given…
“Fall in love as many times as possible”
Then today this knowledge popped up…
This makes love sound a little less scary for me, it got me thinking;
It’s just a 4 letter word, yet it carries so much weight. It can make or break a person, it holds this power that can transform a completely sane human being into an irrational lubber-head, it can bring happiness, yet turn your entire world upside down, unaffected by time, it happens either within a second or over many many years.
Some who feel it, are sort of hypnotized into doing things they wouldn’t ordinarily do, thinking in ways they have never thought, looking at the world with a new pair of eyes, and in doing this, they could either be becoming the best version of themselves or lose themselves as they dive into this unknown ocean.
Can we really trust this ocean? How deep is it? Are the waves calm? When the tide is high and it throws you out, is it worth jumping back in? It is an emotion many don’t trust, and those who have been punished by it, are too scared to dive back into this chaos.
So; based on my own experiences…
I try best to see the lesson in every obstacle and epic moment that presents itself. As I re read my previous blog posts I can see growth, I see the stepping stones and life lessons, the newest on my lesson list is detachment, which seems to be flowing into a chapter of embracing the joy of love instead of focusing on how much it once broke me.
This brings about 3 new realizations; and I speak not only of romantic relationships, this includes family, friends, your passion in life etc…
1. Love and detachment MUST coexist
If you love something or someone, try best not to allow it to take over your entire life. Balance the thing/person you love with other things, like a hobby, new friends, family etc, so that there is a variety in your life, where you aren’t always obsessing or attached to one person or thing, in this way relationships don’t become boring and monotonous and you don’t find a need to attach yourself to a human, a thing or an activity…
Do not misinterpret the above:
Commitment and attachment are totally different, you can commit without being attached.
2. Love WORKS with acceptance and CANNOT WORK with expectation
This is difficult. Everyone defines love differently, if love for one is saying “I love you” and love for another is rather expressing it through action, we should learn to accept this and not EXPECT the next person to change their ways to to live up to what we define Love to be… easier said then done.
Also, learn to love without expecting the feeling to be reciprocated, we block out a lot of people because our ego won’t allow us to be ok with the fact that feelings aren’t mutual. Not everyone can love everyone and it’s a great emotional achievement to be able to love unconditionally, to be free enough to express it and not expect anything in return.
3. Trust, Relax and have faith
Be free, don’t overthink, listen to your heart, if it feels right, it can’t be wrong, if it was sent to you, there’s a lesson or a blessing in it. Be open to the experience but be strong enough to handle the outcome… I include faith in this because, from what I have learnt over the years, that in all religious/spiritual practise, love seems to be the common thread binds us all.