Have you ever thought about how versatile the word love is?  It can be somewhere you long to be … to be “in” love, a great fondness you feel for something or someone… “I love pizza or I love you” (indicating a vastness in its intensity I think!) something you want to feel… “I am loved”, a description for something or someone… “The flowers look lovely”, a way something is… “That baby is so lovable”.  We describe Spirit as pure love and with that we have a knowing of something wonderful, forgiving and unconditional. 

 

Through our many life experiences we too will come to an understanding of this type of love. Only through tests of understanding, forgiveness, sharing, giving and respect will we grow to “become love”.  By becoming love we effortlessly show love in all aspects of our life, learn to give it freely and accept it willingly.   Above all we will discover love of self and then we will be able to reflect that to the world around us. Traveling the pathway to love may seem like a long and hard mountain climb at times but once we become familiar with the path it becomes easier. Like all journeys, it is the experiences along the way that make it worthwhile. We need to become familiar with the route then embrace the adventure with eyes and heart wide open.  In fact the more we realize the need for love on all levels, we will find ourselves becoming vulnerable in ways we would never have allowed ourselves before.  After all, how can you expect to experience the journey if you never leave home? How can you share the stories, teach others about the trip if you are not open to give it a try yourself and listen to the tales of others?  Being vulnerable doesn’t mean you are opening yourself up to be walked over or controlled but rather to feel and experience life and ultimately love.  Only by opening that gateway can your climb truly begin.

All good trips begin with a bit of planning or we may miss something important landmarks along the way. It is important that we find that balance between being so focused on the destination and not on the journey itself or looking around at so much at once that we begin to feel scattered and hopeless, wandering without direction. By learning and accepting the path to love we will then recognize the road signs along the route.  Oh what a journey indeed! Try following these directions and see if your trip isn’t an experience of a lifetime.

 First turn on the highway of understanding... The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word, but those unspoken gestures, the little things that say so much by themselves.  You will need to be in silence once every now and then while traveling through understanding or you may miss something.

Next you will come to a very large curve of forgiveness... to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes, without forgetting, but with remembering what you learn from them.  You may be surprised just how long this curve is! If you should go over the road, slowly get back on and continue going around, taking it slowly at first.

Take time to stop at gratitude... Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together; both conquering problems, forever searching for ways to intensify your happiness. This is a good place to stretch your legs and do some deep breathing and thinking. Take a few moments to show gratitude for all the blessings in your life.

Continue along the road of giving... without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile, and by giving in but never giving up. The smallest of gestures could mean the world to someone especially when given out of love. Be sure to stay on this road, as abundance has been known to travel back to you by this way.

Make a left onto respect... when dealing with others realize that you are individuals, with different ideas and lessons to be learned; that you don't belong to each other, that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond or moment in time. Every one of us meets for a reason. Be sure to watch that you also respect yourself, others will then respect you.

Park at the knowing that love is inside us all... It takes time and patience to arrive at this destination; it is a journey of continual learning processes that demands a lot of work, through all kinds of weather and all kinds of traffic... but the rewards are more than worth the effort.

 

Only by embarking on this pathway to love will you be able to embrace love and become love.  It isn’t impossible, nor is it unachievable unless you decide that it is. Begin by showing gratitude, respect of self and others and you will be well on your way to a life long journey of adventure and experiences. Love is within you simply waiting for an opportunity to expand. What are you waiting for? Chart your course, pack your bags and begin your self-love exploration. Guaranteed it will be a trip of a lifetime.

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