Love. It’s one of the most studied, but least understood, of all the human behaviors.
Confusion about love comes because in English we have only one word to describe many types of “love”. We also confuse all types of love with infatuation or the fulfilling of a need or an emotional trade of some kind.
Our typical understanding of love is that it is a feeling and along with that feeling come expectations, conditions, and sometimes emotional pain.
When we are fortunate enough to experience it, both as giver and receiver, we find that love heals in mind, spirit and body and brings joy and fulfillment to our lives.
Love is bigger than us. We can invite love, but we cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. We can choose to surrender to love or not, but in the end, love is unpredictable and irrefutable.
Love is inherently free. It cannot be bought, sold, or traded. You cannot make someone love you, nor can you prevent it. Love allows room for anger, grief, or pain to be expressed and released. However, love cannot be turned on as a reward, and it cannot be turned off as a punishment.