We are all love and there is no power greater than unconditional love.
We are created by love, bought into this world with love and we all continue to learn, grow and be shaped by love.
Unconditional love is our greatest purpose here on earth. Love for one another, love for nature, love for animals, love for family, love for friends and ultimately, love for ourselves.
Loving without condition no matter if they are a stranger, an ex, a family member or an enemy is the lesson that we are all here to learn.
Sure, it can seem glorified to think that we can love our enemies, that we can send love to the people who have hurt us, wronged us, put GMO’s in our foods or cut us off in traffic, but sometimes these people need the most love.
On a deeper level, unconditional love is the bonds that tie all of humanity, animals and the elements together. It is the invisible force that connects us all and makes us one. It is the common bond that we all share with everything.
While watching pieces of trash float by in a nearby stream, Mother Earth told me- I need your strength, not your pity.
Love gives us strength, love makes us feel invincible and even our brains and bodies will vouch for this. When we feel “in love” our brain releases a surge of the feel good hormones, dopamine and oxytocin. These chemicals raise our moods, make us smile and give us that feeling of ‘butterflies.’
We all know, or have at least heard, that love is an action. Love is an action that then causes a series of emotions such as happiness, fear, joy, excitement, sadness, pain, grief, triumph, comfort etc. and all these emotions make us stronger, better people.
Practicing unconditional love takes one simple step- to love yourself first. And the only way we can love ourselves is through learning to love others and recognizing that they are just as loveable as you.
When it comes to relationships, unconditional love is really nothing more than positively appreciating how the other person acts and what they say- regardless of whether we agree with it or not.
Sure, it’s hard to practice unconditional love if someone is beating us, threatening us or treating us badly, but it is all part of the great journey to enlightenment.
No matter how a relationship has physical or emotionally wounded us, it has still taught us a valuable lesson and the appreciation for that lesson will give birth to unconditional love.
Unconditional love is never selfish, it does not come from a place of personal benefit or getting what we want or need and nor does it come from a place of attachment towards another person. It comes from a pure state of appreciation and acceptance.
Unconditional love is definitely a life long practice that we will continue to learn, develop and explore. It takes compassion, commitment and a lot of patience and understanding.
Practicing unconditional love goes so much deeper than this article however it is also a truly personal experience.
You can read more about how to consciously approach your relationship here – How to Mend A Broken Relationship.
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