It’s likely when you read the title of this post that the Beatle’s song comes to your mind, as it did mine.  All You Need is Love is a great song, and people often say that it’s idealistic; that Love is not enough.  Well, I disagree with that.  A great teacher once said, Love is the way in, the way out and the way through.  In my experience, it is what heals all manner of discord, upset, strife, resentment and disconnections, from ourselves, others and Life. 

I find it interesting that the Beatles chose to sing the word three times.  I like to think they were saying love yourself, love another, and love life.  If you can do that, in equal measure, seeing all life as one and the same, then you’re on the path of true loving. 

Valentine’s Day is a day to practice love.  It’s associated with love between lovers, but why does it have to be?  I’m single, and I will celebrate it no less than the couple next door.  I will remember love, and commit to being in love on that day.  I will smile at a stranger, I will tell myself I love me in the mirror and mean it, I will sit with my eyes closed, and allow my heart to feel love expanding in and out, and I will practice loving those that I find hard to love, like drivers who I usually swear at on the road.  Instead of trying to get one over on them, I will let them go first. 

Mother Theresa says “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.”

Love is the key ingredient that we have been blessed with being able to feel, express, give and receive.  It’s a powerful energy that can dissolve wars, in our world and in our heart.

So, on V-Day, choose love.  Again, and again, and again.   And while we’re at it, why not continue into the next day, and the next, and the next…