Romantic love is not the only feeling your heart has room for: Holly Rossi in Walking in Grace.
“There are all kinds of different love in this world, but never the same love “twice” said F Scott Fitzgerald.
This valentine’s day take the time to celebrate different types of Valentine’s.
If we limit ourselves to defining “love” in the romantic sense, we will have failed to embrace the full potential of the multi – dimensional feeling of deep binding care.
1. Affectionate love
Affection is a powerful kind of love, it is the kind we feel for our friends . In the affectionate relationship we see each other for who we are and accept each other for who we are. We appreciate our strengths and support each other through challenges.
How can we celebrate this kind of valentine?
Invite a friend for dinner and share your favorite memories.
Text a friend merely to tell them that you care about them.
Plan a fun activity with them.
Please do not confuse self-love with selfishness or narcissism. Too often we think that love means to love one another, but how can you love another if you do not love ourselves?
Showing love, compassion, gentleness to ourselves is the foundation of a positive life.
Make a list of all the things you love about yourself.
Cook yourself a tasty meal and watch your favorite movie.
Go for a long walk and think of all the things you are grateful for.
3. Unconditional love
This is maybe the goal of all types of love: We are accepting , nonjudgmental , curious and welcoming to the fully authentic versions of our loved ones . Whether that be our parents, grown children, spouses, partners, friends, coworkers or simply people who cross our paths.
How do we celebrate this on Valentine’s Day
When a friend comes to you with a problem, listen without judging them
Forgive your loved ones for past mistakes when you can.
Accept the people in your life for who they are and tell them how much you love knowing their authentic self
4. Romantic love
Celebrate the relationship, spoil your significant other on the day by expressing how much you appreciate them.