In the August 2010 edition of the newsletter, I discussed the three types of love the Greeks spoke of: Eros, Philo and Agapé. This month, I will talk more about the love that lasts: Agapé.
We see Lasting Love every day. It is around us, but are we tuned in to it? Do we stop and witness it, and take it into our hearts.
Seeing a mother or father loving their newborn infant or older child.
Witnessing a sunrise or sunset.
Performing a random act of kindness.
I could offer more examples, but I think you get the picture. When we are able to witness the magnificence of an unconditional act or see the beauty of creation, we are witnessing Lasting Love.
A teacher once said to me of these types of moments, "Witnessing Lasting Love is like slipping on a banana peel." He also said that we should each have a moment like that in our memory so that we can stop, remember and "slip on the banana peel" and fall into the Lasting Love.
Can lasting love really be defined?
In Wikipedia, part of the definition says "Love is the emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion and affection.
But the definition also goes on to say "The diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficulty to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.
The lasting love that I am speaking of can not be defined, any more than someone can prove that God exists through book knowledge or reasoning. You can give someone examples of God's existence, but unless that person has some iota of faith, they will not see God in any of it.
Unconditional Love is everlasting. God/Source is everlasting.
God is Love...Love is God.
So how do we walk in this life and find lasting love in everyone we meet, and in all the things we see?
By understanding more of what Lasting Love is, and how we are able to recognize it, honor it and express it.
During the month of February, the Ah-Man Blog will touch on how to recognize, honor and express Lasting Love in our daily lives.
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