Love - What Is Love?

LoveImage_zps4e5099c6.pngLove cannot be bought or sold. It can face all things. Love is the greatest blessing in life. It is easier to experience love than to define it. It never hurts anyone. However, it may cost dearly. “Love is the voice under the silence, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…” E. E. Cummings.

Love is a deep in-describable euphoric feeling for someone. Love is an energy that you are able to put out from your core being. Love is an incredible powerful force. People sometimes dilute the energy of love by assuming that it cannot be directed. You must look at love as a reciprocal loop. When you put your energy into something that can love you back, you will experience a pulsing back and forth from that person. Love is a strength builder in the most powerful way. It gives us a taste of eternity.

The fundamental nature of humans is to be loved. The ancients had several variations for the word “love” which include the following:

“Philia which they saw as a deep but usually non-sexual intimacy between close friends and family members or as a deep bond forged by soldiers as they fought alongside each other in battle. Ludus describes a more playful affection found in fooling around or flirting. Pragma is the mature love that develops over a long period between long-term couples and involves actively practicing goodwill, commitment, compromise and understanding. Agape is a more generalized love; it's not about exclusivity but about love for all of humanity. Philautia is self-love, which isn't as selfish as it sounds. As Aristotle discovered and as any psychotherapist will tell you, in order to care for others, you need to be able to care about yourself. Last, and probably least even though it causes the most trouble, eros is about sexual passion and desire. Unless it morphs into philia and/or pragma, eros will burn itself out.”

“Biologically, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent. We talk about love being blind or unconditional, in the sense that we have no control over it. But then, that is not so surprising since love is basically chemistry.” Love is an unconditional affection without limits. Love says I want the best for you and I want you to be happy.

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand - Mother Teresa
“Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart.” 
“Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.”
“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” James Baldwin
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” Orson Welles

Finally, “The paradox of love is that it is supremely free yet attaches us with bonds stronger than death.”


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  • Its a pleasure Nichola

  • Thanks to Terri, Susan' Merle and Julie for your support in reading and commenting on my post!

  • I really enjoyed reading this Nichola.  It is very well written, and the definitions of the various types of love was really interesting.

  • Love it Nichola, thanks for sharing.
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    That is the most beautiful post :) honestly I can't even find the right words to express that to you and that's not normal for me :)

    I've been married 34 years next Jan. and even now I can't really explain it.

    Thank you for a wonderful post.

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    Nichola I love this post and thank you for sharing it here in the community. Shared via Syndication Automation.

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