Loving others is exercise for my soul. Each time I embrace someone, I burn away the unwanted weight of hatred and bitterness. Love is the most basic of human feelings. We are born to love and be loved.
Not only do I give myself permission to love, but I also require myself to look at others through compassionate eyes. Love is a choice. Love is not an emotion that rules my actions. Love begins in the mind when I make a decision to love. I express it with my actions and eventually it lands in my heart.
Infatuation is a feeling that takes over the body but disappears after time. Love is different. The seeds of love take time to grow. Once they take root, it is impossible to remove them.
I love with passion. I love unconditionally. I love faithfully.
I accept the love of others. I never question whether others truly love me because I fill my mind with positive thoughts. When others tell me that they love me, I believe them. When others extend their love to me, I grab it.
I lay down my guard around others. When I allow myself to be vulnerable around others, they see a side of me that is easy to love. I love because there is much more to gain from loving relationships than from relationships of envy and hate.
By focusing on their positive traits, I can convince myself to love even the most difficult people. I can love those whom I have difficulty accepting. The more I love them, the easier they are to accept.
When I have a hard time loving someone, I pray for them. I have found that it is hard to deny loving someone when you care enough to pray for them.