The TAO of Love
Love is an interesting thing. It seems that we get stuck on the idea of love and what we believe it to be versus an experience of what it is. What if we have it all wrong?
In the first verse of the Tao Te Ching it states how once we attempt to define the Tao it is no longer the Tao.
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
~translation by Steven Mitchell
Here we find the same challenge with love for once we attempt to define it, the mind attaches to an idea of it. This idea generates a belief which then creates a box around what we think it to be. When this happens, we lose the very essence of it and experience only a fraction of what it is.
We attempt to define things in words so that we may lead another to the experience. The mind however, wants to attach and grasp onto these ideas and beliefs. We must be willing to let go of our ideas and attachments to fully experience what it is.
A statement like “love is pure freedom and infinite expansion – the very essence of life itself”, still requires one to ponder on to have their own experience. By avoiding attachment to any single experience or idea, we remain fully open to the infinite expansion of what it is.
Notice when the mind wants to grasp onto an idea of what you believe love to be, and then release it and let it go. Then embrace it again from an entirely fresh and new perspective. As we do this, we experience a new aspect of ‘love’ every time.
As you will find, no words can fully define or capture the experience of what love is and when we try to capture it and contain it – we lose it. The beauty here is that you only need yourself to have these experiences, for it is all within.
Until next time,