As we are on the heels of Valentine’s Day, and the topic of love is all around us, I felt it would be fun to dive a little deeper into love, and examine how we truly define it. Valentine’s Day used to be really triggering for me, as I often craved that deep romantic love with the over-the-top gestures, so when I didn’t see that in my life, I got bummed out. Repeatedly.
What’s been great about redefining love, in my life in particular, is that it has opened me up to seeing how much love there is in the world, that expands way past the romantic love that commercial holidays represent.
I love to define love as the little moments, the tiny gestures, the in-betweens in life that make us feel, that give us pause, that allow us to be seen.
I love to think of love as the underlying motivator that encourages us to do good, to be better, to be kinder, and more compassionate.
I love to feel love as a recognition of kindness from someone, as an appreciation and an openness for human connection.
I love to see love as inclusion, empathy, and care.
What’s beautiful about love is that it’s so much more than romance, it’s how you treat yourself, how you treat those around you, how present you are, and the care you put in to your life.
Thank you all for the love you show to me, I send it all right back to you.
I’d love to hear, how do you define love?
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org