Ah, to embody love.
A practice many think begins when we first fall in love.
But, one that I have come to believe begins when we first fall out of love with love.
Because our invitation to re-embody love often arrives when we have experienced hurt, disappointment, and heartache. When heartbreak cracks us wide open.
We become students of our body, heart, and mind so that we know what nourishes us—what grows the heart bigger and helps us give less value to the creative stories of the mind.
There is a willingness to release false notions of what it means to love and be loved, so that we then can let go and love ourselves more fully.
We practice self-forgiveness because we start to see that self-judgement and self-recrimination only exists to keep ourselves small, dim, and enslaved to hurt and anger.
We practice forgiving others because blaming and judging others is only a reflection of ourselves.
Embodying love does not necessarily mean feeling good and in the flow of love all the time.
It is about being present to the natural opening and closing of the heart that, to remain in flow, must close and open without imposition.
Many times we wrong ourselves and convince ourselves that we are bad for not always being in our loving.
And when we do, we miss the opportunity to inquire within…
What do I need to nourish myself so that I can love more?
What thoughts and behaviors can I let go that block me from being in my loving?
What can I forgive of another so that I can love more freely?
For the answers to these questions lead us back to loving love for love’s sake.
In the end, to embody love is a practice of continuously engaging in the cycle of acceptance, presence, forgiveness, and open-heartedness with ourselves.