“We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another we can break open the sky.”
-Walter Mosley, Blue Light
Love is something that is forgotten or missed all together as we move through the motions and tasks of life. I feel emotionally drained at times in my work as a therapist and I sometimes forget to show love to the people that are closest to me. I know that this can be common no matter what your job you may be. We give a lot at work and then we come home to the people we have chosen to love and give them the worst aspects of ourselves. However, with a little bit of mindfulness to our actions, I think we could show them more love and maybe even feel more love in return.
I like the quote I started this blog post with because it speaks to the nature of love. We are not trapped in these bones or in this routine. No, NO! We are free to LOVE. Love changes us and enables us to make great things happen in our lives and in the lives of others. Love helps us manage struggles and it helps us grow. Humans long for connection. We are social beings and always have been. Connections ensure safety and help us access essential resources. Connections also provide a sense of community, happiness and meaning.
If we can extend this love to ourselves first and then outward think of all the changes you would see in your life and we would see in the world!? I know it’s cliche but the Beatles were onto something… “All you need is love.”
Here are some journaling prompts for you:
- How can I add more love to what I am doing this week
- In what ways can I show love to my family and friends?
- How can I bring more love to my work?
- How can I show love to my home or surroundings… maybe to my community?
Thanks for stopping by, I’d love to hear your comments on how you would like to share your love this week.