Love is in the air!
Love is everywhere!
February is the month of LOVE!
This month is usually dedicated to lovers and romantic relationships, of course. Why not use February to focus on ALL of your relationships? Every person that you engage with offers an opportunity to express more and more love. True love is not just for our romantic partner. We should offer love in all of our personal encounters.
Our love is not meant to be conditional, which means having to meet certain criteria before it is given. Our love is meant to be given freely to everyone we meet.
Now, you may be asking, “How can I do that?”
For some, probably the hardest thing is to relate “love” to a stranger. This could be someone walking toward us on the street, someone in front of or behind us in the checkout line, or someone standing next to us in an elevator.
Personally, I love these moments. It gives me a chance to play the “I love you and you don’t even know it” game!
Here’s how I play it: When I’m out and about and I catch a stranger’s gaze, I smile. I look deep into the eyes of this person and smile – a sort of silent “hello.” Sounds innocent enough right? and what I am really doing is secretly telling them “I Love YOU!”
They have no idea what is going on. And, if they smile back, I imagine them saying “I Love YOU!” back to me. This silent exchange only takes a few moments. The feelings that emerge from within me as I walk in the world this way transforms my day and will do the same for you. Just do it!
Give Your Love AWAY!
If you want to give your love away in a more personal manner, start with important people who are not strangers. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily life, we forget to let those close to us know how much we love and appreciate them. What about those whom you know and love but don’t often connect with or see on a regular basis? This could be friends in and out of town, as well as family members who live far and near. To me there is nothing more important than letting people know how much they mean to you.
So, since February is the month for LOVE, how about you make a commitment to “give your love away”? I will happily join you on this one!
What if I told you it would be easy and relatively inexpensive? The only things it would require are a little bit of your time and a willingness to express what is in your heart.
Just to Say… I Love YOU…
This is by no means a “new” idea, maybe just a forgotten one – the lost art of letter writing. If you want to let someone know how much you really care, one of the best ways is a handwritten “love letter.” Yes, a love letter.
This is not intended only for your partner or spouse (although that would be great too). These love letters are to those people in your life who inspire you, support you, assist you, feed you, nurture you, care for you, love you, pray for you, protect you, laugh with you and cry with you. They have shared the magnificent journey of your life with.
I invite you to take time to sit down and handcraft a beautiful letter expressing your deep gratitude for their presence in your life. Let your heart be open to express whatever it wants.
You may sit in a moment of silence before you begin to write. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Take a moment to see in your mind’s eye the face of the person you are writing to. Look into their “eyes” and smile. (Yes, physically smile.) Allow feelings of love and appreciation to fill you as you continue to breathe. When you are ready, open your eyes and allow the words to flow through you onto the page. Feel your hand connected to your heart as the words come forth easily. Do this exercise as often as you like during the month of February.
You can write a love note once a day, every day, and send it through the mail. Or you might choose to sit down and spend a couple of hours writing several love notes. The letters can be long or short. Sometimes just one sentence will say all that needs to be expressed. You can also add your own doodles and artwork in the margins to add visual interest. You might even find yourself drawn to poetry, expressing in a rhythmic cadence, using words as an artist uses paint.
Think about it. When was the last time you took a minute to handwrite a letter?
In these days of instant messages, email, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest it appears we are always communicating with each other. Don’t be fooled. We are living in a high-tech, low-touch society. We use these social media venues to let people know what we like and don’t like, what we want and don’t have, often impersonal and from a distance.
Let’s bring back the art of “Love Letter” writing! It doesn’t matter if your handwriting is less than perfect! What does matter is the intention behind the feelings you express!
I am preparing right now to spend the next few hours writing some love letters to those I care for. And I would love to inspire you to do the same! Join me and make a commitment to those you love.
Wishing you a February filled to overflowing with love.