"I have already said that prophets and poets speak often of love as if it were an ideal; but it is not just an ideal, it is, has always been, and ever will be, a reality"
Maria Montessori (The Absorbent Mind)
My mind is swirling around these days. Hard to concentrate when that happens but I have many thoughts about love and I wanted to share just a few on this day of hearts.First I just received a text message from a very close friend that her daughter just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this morning. How do you top that as an expression of true love? The cycle of life is an amazing and transforming experience. Not just as humans but of all life, in creatures,words,art,work- all have a cycle that is in motion and ever changing. I believe that the one element that binds all of these together is love. When you have known that feeling in your life, whether it is love for another human, animal,work or creation.....there is no going back. It is what fuels one to go on and what connects one with a life force that is unmatched. I am grateful for the love that is in my life and it takes on many forms. My love and affection for my friends, my deep bonds with my family ,my true and cherished love for my partner and my love for my work, my art- what I have created and what I will create.
Recently I read something that struck me from a blog I follow "Sparkling Bay: Living, Learning" about love and compassion. The author wrote:
" Maria Montessori saw a child as a "well-spring of love". Full of innate love for life and each other. She discovered that when children were respected as competent loving people and freed from interference and control, they behaved better and were much happier. Treated with due respect and love, their true nature shone and radiated out to each other resulting in a completely unexpected (at the time) social harmony."
Sparkling Bay: Living, learning - Love and Compassion
It is true that it is easy to experience love by watching children. The way they view life and each other in awe and wonder. I feel lucky that I have spent most of my life in the presence of young children and have had the opportunity to learn from them what it means to love. Traditionally this day is to celebrate romantic love but today I choose universal love.