Thanks for the topic, my favourite subject, Love.
My favourite quote about the subject,
”only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish”
This morning I woke up feeling like, I wish this life would just come to an end already. I thought about posting about this, but your topic has diminished that thought.
Buddha taught me about unconditional love and I try to practice this in my daily life.
From an early age Love is something that we are taught that we should be willing and able to die for and even to kill for. As a mother, we love so hard that we protect our babies with our lives. I felt unconditional love for my babies instantly at conception.
Love gets complicated when misused.
I often felt lost in my marriage. The word Love was used against me to gain advantage and to abuse.
Those words, “if you love me, you will” were used often. This was emotional and psychological abuse which caused me so much trauma.
I would often think, “if you love me, you wouldn’t” but I never dared say as much.
Your point about showing more love for our pets than to each other, I discussed with my children some time ago when they were primary school age. But it was along the lines, that we show more respect and courtesy to strangers, than our loved ones.
I raised my children with open affection. I told them multiple times a day, that I loved them. Kisses were plentiful.
My own mother was not a hugger and grew distant as we got older. Dad was the affectionate parent and I miss his huge heart and bear hugs. Dad made me feel loved.
Spousal love can get very complicated...
Anyway, for the grace of love, thank you for your topic.
Just discussing Love, has reminded me to practice some self love today.