Love is....

“If you love a person, you accept the total person. With all the defects. Because those defects are a part of the person.
Never try to change a person you love, because the very effort to change says that you love half, and the other half of the person is not accepted .
When you love, you simply love.” ~ Osho

How do you define love… often a tangled web of emotions attached to a thought or a feeling brought on by having someone else in our life, right?

What if I asked you to describe love...… heart filling, fun, intense, passion, kind, honest, trustworthy, laughter, patient, unconditional, selfless (and that’s just the beginning of the list...)

TODAY'S QUESTION: What if we looked within ourselves for love vs searching externally? 

A huge concept to actually contextualize. Now scroll back up and re-read Osho’s quote, keeping YOURSELF in mind. Huge right? To be able to love yourself with all the imperfections, completely okay with the messy parts of you.  

And then think about your personal list of words used to describe love. What if all those words used to describe love, you turned around and started to describe yourself with, loving internally first. 

BIG STUFF right? It's actually a much bigger and challenging concept to live, as looking within for love surfaces an entire world of emotions. When is the last time you looked yourself in the mirror without judgment or a desire for something else? 

What if, starting right now, we began the journey of loving ourselves, finding the fulfillment that most seek in another and we find by loving ourselves? 

Tell me how.... Breath deep and truly look at yourself in the mirror with love. There's a deep spiritual practice of soul gazing which you can be performed by yourself - simple (it's not actually simple, for it will bring great challenge I'm sure) - sit in front of a mirror and make eye contact with yourself. Your mind will wander, allow it to travel as you continue to gaze into your own eyes. As the minutes pass, your thoughts will quiet and you'll start to take a deeper look at yourself. Look closely. Find the hurt, the pain, the struggle and wrap each of those with peace and love. Look at your strength and be fulfilled by it. Look at the love within and become love. 

BIG QUESTION: How do you define love?