“Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row.” ~ Chrissy Teigen
Hello, Beautiful Reader ~
Recently, Chrissy Teigen, wrote an article on postpartum depression for “Glamour” magazine. In it she candidly and openly shares her experience, along with details on the love and support she receives from her beloved partner and husband, John Legend. You can read all about it here.
After reading it, I got to thinking how much I greatly admire Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s relationship and how their love inspires me.
So what is love, when it involves a partnership?
Here, the teacher and author, Osho, sums love up in his cosmically evolved way:
“Don’t fall in love, RISE in love. Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty…A mature person does not fall in love, he or she rises in love…Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. Only freedom and love.”
That truly resonated with me, so I began to think what love means to me. It ended up taking the form of a prayer. Here goes:
I pray one day to be a co-creator with a wonderful man in a loving relationship, where our love creates an environment of vibrant positive energy that flows out into every area of our lives, making the planet a better place to live on, not just for ourselves, but for all sentient (and even non-sentient) beings; where there is an understanding and acceptance of “flaws” without judgement; tender compassion; honesty; patience; forgiveness; attraction on all levels; the freedom to be autonomous yet interdependent within the relationship; and an ongoing quest to grow into the best versions of ourselves…trusting we are continuously supported, nurtured and encouraged to do so; along with a lot of fun & laughter & creativity; and super amazing adventures.
(Can’t believe I spelled all that out in one sentence!)
In a nutshell:
Love is where two individuals come together to nurture and support each other and co-create together.
The love they create between them makes the world a better place.
Another favorite teacher, poet, and author of mine is Thich Nhat Hanh. I wrote a post on his philosophy on love called, “Love After Love”. You can read it here, if you feel drawn. I’d just gone through a heartbreak when I wrote it and it helped soothe my wounded heart. His philosophy is gorgeous and it goes deep into the layers of the psyche of love.
“True love gives us beauty, freshness, solidity, freedom, and peace. True love includes a feeling of deep joy that we are alive. If we don’t feel this way when we feel love, then it’s not true love.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
For a more general description of love, this is my thought as to what’s going on while we seek to feel love:
Love is the sum of all our cells and every molecule and atom that makes up this ever expanding universe. We are forever seeking outwardly for loves affirmations, while it patiently, faithfully waits within us in silent constant prayer, hoping we will find it and feed off its blessings instead of being in a constant state of insatiable hunger.
This is such a thought provoking topic; one I will never tire of researching, learning about and experiencing. Love is the reason we are all here.
So, now, it’s time for some comic relief…
Who started hearing the 90’s one-hit-wonder song, “What Is Love”, in their head after reading the title of this post?
So this over-the-top dramatic video (which has nothing to do with true love) had to be included…!
Because it’s always good to laugh while you’re in love…
With All My Love, Angela ~ xoxox