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QUINTESSENCE

Origami of Love

Put away the book, the description, the tradition, the authority, and take the journey of self-discovery. Love, and don't be caught in opinions and ideas about what love is or should be. When you love, everything will come right. Love has its own action. Love, and you will know the blessings of it. keep away from the authority who tells you what love is and what it is not. No authority knows and he who knows cannot tell. Love, and there is understanding.
-J. Krishnamurti

This is heart month. The month we wear red raising awareness of the mortal dangers of heart disease. February brings red velvet boxes filled with chocolate for our sweethearts. We decorate poems with red hearts and lace in honor of love. Cartoon characters and limericks from secret admirers fill pink shoeboxes on the desks of hopeful school children. We are enamored of hearts, of love, of the whiff of sudden attraction and the warmth of long-lasting affection. I thought it fitting to spend February exploring the many aspects of love. Inquiring further into love both romantic and brotherly, digging deeper into love's enduring spiritual nature as well as its exacerbating, fleeting transience, the unexpected speed bumps, and of course, my own quirky relationship with fickle Cupid. I hope you will weigh in with personal comments and experiences as we talk about adventures in love.

I begin by quoting Krishnamurti's counsel regarding all efforts, wise and foolish, to define love. His caution against attempts to quantify, test for trueness, or measure the substance of affection. I am particularly struck by the veracity of these paired phrases, "When you love, everything will come right. Love has its own action." Looking back at my own bumpy rather ordinary history with love, true and fool's, I see the sage is right: Authentic love reveals without force, false turn, or pressure, unfolding like an origami heart designed to open in perfect blossom. I think staying cognizant of the organic nature of affection and the roots of love that spring from both the physical and spiritual selves is important to the process of opening the self. Love may be different for any one of us, but seems to always involve elements of selflessness, nurturing, and joy. We are joyful with those we love. We are selfless, valuing our loved ones above ourselves. We instinctively protect, enrich, and shelter love. Love has its own action. Love is self defining and self sustaining - in all the multiple meanings that phrase might suggest.

I invite everyone today to think about what love is for you. What it has been. What design your love would make if you were to fold it into one shape made of the experiences of your heart. What is your origami of love? Lately mine resembles a rather battered, cracked scalloped shell that when unfolded opens to an entire seashore. All elements within one. The wide open within the closed and the journey through and to what lies within. Discover your heart's creations.
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