Real love does not break. Whether it is interpersonal love, or the love we feel for the world, we know it is real love because even in difficult moments, the love does not weaken– it remains firm, flexible, and it continues flowing.
Some may think about romantic love and wonder, what about when we end relationships or need space? Well, real love would still remain– people can happily not be together, live their separate lives, and still have love for each other. Even on the non-romantic interpersonal level we can love someone, meaning we want them to be happy and live a great life, but we may not necessarily like the person or want to be around them. This is an important understanding on the way to unconditional love, we can love people without necessarily liking them.
We are accustomed to loving those we are related to and those we are intimate with, but when we begin to take seriously our personal growth in wisdom and freedom, our love expands and encompasses more and more people, though we may not know them personally, the reality of their existence is felt clearly within our own hearts. Love has the tendency to expand strongly into the areas where people are struggling and feeling harm.
It’s important to grow our love and do our best to let it flow boundlessly, because the strength of our love is truly a meter that shows the depth of our own freedom. Wherever our love is limited, wherever our love stops, is a space where we are not free, it is a wall that is limiting our existence, a wall that requires observation and release. Real love is not determined by proximity and it is not determined by our personal preferences. Love does not see enemies, it is not picky, it does not feel more for one than another, love simply is. If we truly want to be free then we must learn to love limitlessly.
From this afternoon until Sunday the 22nd I will be completely offline and will have no internet access because I will be away at a Vipassana meditation course. I won’t be posting until I get back. Tickets for my book launch in NYC are available through the link in my profile, tickets include a copy of my book. Sending love to all beings! 🙏🏽🌎 #yungpueblo