Love, love, love, love, love, love, love

In preparation for our national observance of Love, I thought I would share some helpful references.

 Love, noun,

  • “You are the love of my life.”
  • “I am the Love that dare not speak its name“,  Lord Alfred Douglas, in his poem, Two Loves, 1896
  • “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  Love Story, film, 1970
  • “I want your love. Love, love, love. I want your love.” Lady Gaga, Bad Romance, 2009

 Love, verb, transitive,

  • “I love you.”
  • “I LOVE what you’ve done with your hair!”
  • “Find it. Love it. Buy it for less”,  Loehmann’s discount department store

 Love, term of endearment,

  • “’ello, luv”, spoken by any Mod from the British invasion of the 1960’s. I recall that my Uncle Bill adopted this phrase. He also wore Argyle socks, which, I believe, stirred my incipient love of plaid. Oh, there’s that word, “love”, again.
  • var,  “Lovey”,  Thurston Howell, III, Gilligan’s Island, TV show, mid-1960’s. If you try this at home, best to say with clenched jaw, teeth narrowly apart.

 (And, a favorite of mine…)

 Love, a state or condition,

  • “I am in love with Alan.”, Paul Kimmerling, 2011


 Love and gratitude go together.

Tell the people you love that you love them.

Thank the world for its beauty.

Express gratitude for the bounteous food put before you.

Wish the cashier a wonderful day.

And, love can be an action, not just a transitive verb.

Act as if your heart were the biggest part of your body.

As if love were unlimited.

As if everyone deserved it from you, even if you feel differently.

As if you deserved it, for you do.

Just for today.

Then try it again tomorrow.

About Soul Intention

"Spirituality is, ultimately, about what we do with...desire. What we do with our longings, both in terms of handling the pain and the hope they bring us, that is our spirituality." from The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser. Paraphrasing what Gerald May has said, in his book Will and Spirit, spirituality is our experience and interpretation of our relationship with the Sacred. The intent of this blog is to explore for myself, and to invite others to explore with me, just what is it we do with our desire? What is our spirituality? Mine has been shaped by many my formative years, by the Roman Catholic church. In the last decade, by the 12 steps. Most recently, by the Episcopal Church. And, always, always, by the sense that Nature helped to reveal the Great Mystery, of which we are all a part. So, my spirituality includes concrete practices, like the Steps, as well as probing more philosophical matters. I was certified, in January 2011, as a Spiritual Director by the Haden Institute. During those 21 months of study, which included a broad range of topics from Celtic Spirituality, to the Christian Mystics, to Jungian Depth psychology, I was given the space and time to ponder my own spiritual journey, hear about others' paths, and benefit from participation in an intentional community. My hope is that this blog can engender a similar conversation. Peace, Paul
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2 Responses to Love, love, love, love, love, love, love

  1. Hi Paul,
    Your blog is truly wonderful. When I graduate in April will I be as clever,insightful and creative as you?! Have a love filled valentine day!
    remember Jung’s quote about love?
    “Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking. The one is but the shadow of the other.”

  2. Larry and I finally watched “The Kids Are Alright” last night, with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. So good. There’s one scene in which Bening’s character wonders aloud somewhat critically why her spouse, played by Moore, has bought a pickup truck for her new landscaping business, when she doesn’t even have any clients. Moore says something to the effect, “You’re always telling me to act as if.” I thought that was great. A bit like, “Fake it till you make it,” but a more hopeful phrasing. So the line, “As if everyone deserved it from you, even if you feel differently,” really struck me. I am going to try it!

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