Valentine's Day gives me an unique opportunity to contemplate about the magic of greater love. This day opens our heart's door to explore a greater perspective of a deeper compassionate possibility. Not just a limited romantic love but one boundless without any conditions or ownership. Such a love unifies us to our greater sense of connectedness. Instead of dividing or separating, love unites us to share the joy of oneness. This elevated romantic state opens the door wide open to our highest potential and purpose.
Greater love can awaken our consciousness allowing deeper acceptance for life’s hardships. Such profound love is beyond just selfish desire since it honors our greater interconnection. Poets are the gate keepers in best describing this phenomenon of greater love. There is a transcendental quality once there is a widening of the human heart. Below are two magical examples.
First Shakespeare’s Sonnets acknowledges his pantheistic love of all things-
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines
and often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
-Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
Next Rumi reminds us the source of all our thanks comes from just loving presence-
Love asks us to enjoy our life
For nothing good can come of death.
Who is alive? I ask.
Those who are born of love.
Seek us in love itself,
Seek love in us ourselves.
Sometimes I venerate love,
Sometimes it venerates me.
― Rumi, Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi
Valentine Day provides us with the possibility to not just honor romantic love of another, however, expand our compassion for all things. May your Valentine’s Day be filled with the flowers of possibility, purpose and potential.
Love is the flower, you’ve got to let it grow- John Lennon