How does love of the beloved impact one’s presence in the world? What does love of the beloved inspire?
The energetic presence that awakens as love for a partner or spouse expands can be a useful tool to deepen all our relationships, even with persons as yet unmet.
We often think of all relationships as distinctly separate when, in actuality, we are simply making a clear set of choices about how we will relate to a given person often based on the role of that person in our lives. What if we feel into the love we share with a beloved and test its power on a friend, a co-worker or, perhaps, even a stranger? Doesn’t it just require momentary hesitation, a chance to drop the veil of perceived separation we feel for another? In that moment, the voice of love that has its origin in the same place in each of us and has its expression with our beloved can rise kindly, clearly, lovingly to create a new dynamic.
When that which you inspire awakens in me
our shared well full, molecules clinging
delicately to each other
as liquid love over a
tipped edge, I tap your strength,
a dip, a ladle
that I might share
placed in the
dry well of a
heart not yet full, but
longing for that which fills,
placed with the love you lent, the
nourishment that feeds us both and
ignites love’s soulful fire, awake now
in our lives’ tiny and wondrous beauties.
Can our courage be extended more broadly to alter the dynamic of a meeting, a conference? Can it influence important matters of public discourse? Can it be an expression of equanimity between people of different races, cultures, lifestyles? In each of us that love has only one origin – and is instantly accessible.
How might it feel to receive an unsolicited loving response from another? Do we not already revere those who speak the language of love to us? Can we each find it in ourselves to do just that?
In alert hesitation, how might I influence a relationship through love?
Use your voice.