“Before you can express love, you must find love.  You must know love within yourself before you can express it.  You must love yourself before you can give it to another.  When you recognize or experience the truth about yourself you automatically feel love, because love is a quality of your true consciousness and true ideas.” (Seven Steps to Inner Power, pg 70)

In this approaching Valentines Day season we are bombarded by the media with all kinds of images and reminders of how we should show and express our love to each other with all kinds of sweet gifts and tokens of our affection.  What we are not reminded about is the root and foundation of that love and reminded about the true meaning of what it is to love and to be loved.   True love is not always sugary-sweet and cuddling under a warm blanket.  True love involves heavy lifting, sacrifice, compassion, discipline, honesty and gratitude; just to name a few.  Do not forget the root of your love and focus only on the soft and fluffy image of love that is marketed to us so readily.  Be reminded of the foundation of that love and the efforts and actions that are given and taken in building that love on a daily basis.  “But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)  Be reminded of ALL that goes into love and what makes this most precious gift worth celebrating and exercising each and every day.  Fron my heart to yours…

By Dr. Tae Yun Kim

 

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