It’s the week of love. Well, actually it’s the week of- the one day out of the year where everyone places emphasis on their LOVE (whether it be, lifelong, lusting or lacking). I think it’s great. Single, Coupled, Destined, Married, Divorced- there is something so sweet in the collective focus on those charming pink & red hearts that are indeed EVERYwhere. And yes there are those who make it a point to boast about how much they don’t like this time of year.
But what is really wrong with recalibrating our focus onto our heart? It is after all center of your entire being.
I’ve noticed plenty of articles lately that encourage us to acknowledge love in the moment. And as I read them I smile & think YES!
Refocus & find the little things to love within your day to day. How awesome your morning shower is, coffee?, the feeling during/after yoga class, a good conversation, a walk, your freshly washed sheets, a sunset, your pet, your style, your home, your family, your best friends, etc…find romantic love in your friendships, love up your friends & family. Fall in love with the minor things in your everyday & watch more love follow suit. More profound love follow suit. Allow yourself to be overcome by all of this love (that’s already right here).
Need more direction for this newfound quest for love? Marianne Williamson’s Return to Love (a book we studied in yoga teacher training) and the more recent Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein are phenominal places to start (both based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles). Love is defined in A Course in Miracles as “the right-minded emotion of peace and joy” Gabrielle Bernstein writes in Spirit Junkie “This kind of love is not the kind that we offer to some people and deny others- this is one love that embodies everything and everyone. When we’re in the state of love we see everyone as equal and we feel at ease all the time”(22).
Safe to say we should stretch this Valentines Day theme well into next year….
tracee dolan is available for group and individual yoga & mediation instruction. She is the author of a Parent Child Yoga Instruction & coloring book & the founder of the yoga school bus project. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or appointment concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org.