February and the Month of LOVE

Hi Everyone…Happy New Year…and Happy February!!

This is the month we get to practice….LOVE…not only for our loved ones, but for all.

What’s Love Got to Do with IT? :

EVERYTHING!

 ,Did you ever wonder why we are so obsessed by LOVE?

BECAUSE at our core…it’s who we really are…. WE ARE LOVE!!!

That’s why it FEELS so good!

That’s why FEAR feels so BAD; furthest away from Love

(check out the Emotional Guidance Scale on the Resource Pg.)

The Greeks were also obsessed with LOVE even over 2,500 years ago. They actually categorized it into 4 different types and we are still associating with them today somewhat

They are “Eros”, or erotic love and it was considered a self-serving and driven by lust and instinct without much balance.

The second moving up the list is “Phillal” or family love like one would have for blood relatives and those who could be considered close enough as family. It was limited, but also considered a higher form of love since it was based outside the self and not instinctual.

“Caritas Love” was a love that all Greeks were to aim for.  It was when one wished only good for other people whether you knew them or not. It was love Beyond the self and family and the Greeks realized their interdependence with others and when they were, they lived in more integrity and responsibility.

For that era, Greek society was actually incredibly civil, and one of the reasons for that is that they called for their people to demonstrate a love that included compassion for all of humanity. Mother Theresa was a great example of Caritias Love. She was once asked why she would spend so much time on the streets with the outcasts of India to which she replied “I believe that India will not long continue as a country unless we make the untouchables in India touchable, unless we feed and educate our children, and unless we learn that India is only as strong as her weakest citizen”

The highest level of love on the GREEK hierarchy was ”AGAPE Love”. I had never heard of Agape love, but I know now that it is love that is the hardest to understand and to live out. In Agape love, there was no need to control or possess, and so emotionally mature that only very few ever experienced it. It is wider than any one relationship and desires love not only for all humanity, but all living beings, and the earth itself.

Universal love! That ONENESS that I speak of all the time…

It is entirely selfless and the only human that I can say I know who exhibits this type of love consistently is the Dalai Lama.

I have been fortunate enough to spend time in his presence on several occasions, and it is truly an inspiration to hear him speak. One of my favorite movies  of all time, is one of his life story called  “Kundun”  The movie begins covers his birth and then his discovery as the 14th reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama and consequently his appointment to be the Spiritual Leader of Tibet. It ends as he crosses the mountains of Tibet and into exile in India. As he approaches the border, the Guard inquires: “May I ask, are you the Lord Buddha?” The Dalai Lama replies with the film’s final line: “I think that I am a reflection, like the moon on water. When you see me, and I am trying to be a good man, you see yourself.”

So let’s eat our chocolates, drink our wine and be in our Eros Love as we celebrate this month, but while we’re at it, let’s also look at the different kinds of love in our lives and honor each.

Let’s practice even a bit of Agape Love as we interact with those we love, and even those that we have an aversion to, knowing that after all, we are all just reflecting back to each other who we really are.

LOVE!

PS….For some real Agape Love and some amazing music as well, check out Michael Beckwith (that handsome black man from THE SECRET) live ONLINE in Los Angeles on Sunday mornings free from the Agape Spiritual Centre

Click here and go to LIVE STREAM http://www.agapelive.com

Pss…make sure to check out our Articles Page for a new article  with some pointers on Cultivating Happiness!

Till next time…

Blissings,

Ev