I like the way Simon thinks – I like the paths his mind takes. Simon is more logical than I am – he extrapolates and analyzes. My mind is intuitive. I often come to conclusions without having the faintest idea how I got there. So, when I have to explain myself, I have to backtrack to find where my thoughts arose. I do this better in writing that verbally.
The gist of our conversation took me back to the idea that love is the glue that holds the universe together. It’s interesting that I can go weeks and months without thinking along these lines at all – when the deepest philosophical thought I have is whether or not I should put more flax seeds into my bread recipe.
And then I go back to this idea of the earth, the world, the cosmos and how it all comes together.
Love: I’ve said before how I believe that if love hurts it isn’t love: it’s something else. It might be infatuation or need or want, but it isn’t love because love heals, nurtures and brings joy. Today I took it one step farther: I believe that love is an event that is not created singularly. On the level of relationships, that means that if you truly love someone, you are loved in return, in equal measure. Two people create an energy force called love – and that love spins out into the world and multiplies. “Unrequited love” is something else: infatuation, a crush, a need, a craving – something else.
As we talked, we took this one step farther. Love isn’t just what occurs between two people. Anyone who has owned a beloved pet knows that. I know that Abby and I love each other. I see the love between Simon and Shanara – and I am aware of the love growing between Shanara and me.
I have felt love – real, deep genuine requited love in nature, particularly in the high mountains.
Love can also be called connection. When we love and are loved in return, we reach out to connect. I think of all the times I have hiked in ancient forests and have reached out to touch the trees. Yes, I am a tree-hugger and proud of it. Very proud.
We are all one. How many times have we heard this old phrase? It has become a cliche. But it’s true. We are all made of stardust. When we truly are connected – when we love and receive love – we become as close to being one as it is possible to be in our various incarnations on this earth.
When I call love the glue that holds the universe together, I mean it literally. It is love that makes us one.
That’s how I see it. I have no proof that I’m right or even on the correct track. All I know is that this is a way of approaching life that works for me and fills my days with joy.
Probably more thoughts to come.