Empathize - LOVE
Connecting with How Others Think and Feel. Our Heart is the Door to Peace Forevermore!
Our intention is to remind one another to try to empathize with
others and put ourselves in their shoes.
"Love is our light that shines up our day
To guide us from within and show us the way!
It calls us out from our cocoon to play.
Love isn't really in our heart to stay
But fully blooms when we shine it away.
Our feeling Heart is our key
That opens our door of our whole me
To really and truly feel and see
Into the infinite universal oneness
Of what I call the "we within me".
What an awesome resonating feeling view
That feels to go through me connecting all of you.
Like waves of love dancing all over me
It really feels to be all we are truly meant to be.
As I bask in this infinite light
It all comes so fully into sight
And I truly feel in my heart what I see
That we really are all one within me.
What is true within you that I see within me
Is that as I do unto you,
I actually do unto the you of the "we within me".
It truly is magic in the highest degree
This love from our heart of the "we within me".
It connects us all in every way
Inviting us to join in the ultimate play.
May love shine in your heart and lift you high
To soar like an eagle and touch the sky!
It calls us forth to come out and see
All the wonders of life that it means to be free.
There are no limits to how high we can fly
As we release it all to soar into the sky.
Allow your caterpillar to be a butterfly
And you will discover the reasons why.
Then from high above you shall see
That it's less about understanding
Than simply choosing to be
Our one true we in our individual me."
We all came from Love and we all are Love. We are the love we have been looking for all of our lives!
Love really is our true source and is what we truly are. It wells up from the depths of our hearts like a fresh spring and
fountain of life! The world we live in has had a conditioning effect on us to program us to "think" in our heads that the love we
need can be found outside us in and from others. The true source of that love is not within others, but is all within each of us,
in the depths of our hearts. For we are love at the very heart and soul of who we really and truly are.
Technically speaking, LOVE represents a range of human emotions and experiences related to the senses of affection and sexual attraction. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure to intense interpersonal attraction. This diversity of meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.
As an abstract concept love usually refers to a strong, ineffable feeling towards another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.
The English word love can have a variety of related but distinct meanings in different contexts. Often, other languages use multiple words to express some of the different concepts which English relies mainly on love to encapsulate; one example is the plurality of Greek words for "love". Cultural differences in conceptualizing love thus make it doubly difficult to establish any universal definition. American psychologist Zick Rubin try to define love by the psychometrics. His work states that three factors consititute love: attachment, caring and intimacy.
Although the nature or essence of love is a subject of frequent debate, different aspects of the word can be clarified by determining what isn't "love". As a general expression of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like), love is commonly contrasted with hate (or neutral apathy); as a less sexual and more emotionally intimate form of romantic attachment, love is commonly contrasted with lust; and as an interpersonal relationship with romantic overtones, love is commonly contrasted with friendship, though other definitions of the word love may be applied to close friendships in certain contexts. When discussed in the abstract, love usually refers to interpersonal love, an experience felt by a person for another person. Love often involves caring for or identifying with a person or thing, including oneself (cf. narcissism).
In addition to cross-cultural differences in understanding love, ideas about love have also changed greatly over time. Some historians date modern conceptions of romantic love to courtly Europe during or after the Middle Ages, though the prior existence of romantic attachments is attested by ancient love poetry. Because of the complex and abstract nature of love, discourse on love is commonly reduced to a thought-terminating cliché, and there are a number of common proverbs regarding love, from Virgil's "Love conquers all" to The Beatles' "All you need is love". Bertrand Russell describes love as a condition of "absolute value", as opposed to relative value. Theologian Thomas Jay Oord said that to love is to "act intentionally, in sympathetic response to others, to promote overall well-being".
A person can be said to love a country, principle, or goal if they value it greatly and are deeply committed to it. Similarly, compassionate outreach and volunteer workers' "love" of their cause may sometimes be borne not of interpersonal love, but impersonal love coupled with altruism and strong political convictions. People can also "love" material objects, animals, or activities if they invest themselves in bonding or otherwise identifying with that item. If sexual passion is also involved, this condition is called paraphilia.
Grandmother and grandchild, Sri LankaInterpersonal love refers to love between human beings. It is a more potent sentiment than a simple liking for another. Unrequited love refers to those feelings of love which are not reciprocated. Interpersonal love is most closely associated with interpersonal relationships. Such love might exist between family members, friends, and couples. There are also a number of psychological disorders related to love, such as erotomania.
Throughout history, philosophy and religion have done the most speculation on the phenomenon of love. In the last century, the science of psychology has written a great deal on the subject. In recent years, the sciences of evolutionary psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, neuroscience, and biology have added to the understanding of the nature and function of love.
Biological models of sex tend to view love as a mammalian drive, much like hunger or thirst. Helen Fisher, a leading expert in the topic of love,
divides the experience of love into three partly-overlapping stages: lust, attraction, and attachment. Lust exposes people to others, romantic
attraction encourages people to focus their energy on mating, and attachment involves tolerating the spouse long enough to rear a child into infancy.
Lust is the initial passionate sexual desire that promotes mating, and involves the increased release of chemicals such as testosterone and estrogen.
These effects rarely last more than a few weeks or months. Attraction is the more individualized and romantic desire for a specific candidate for
mating, which develops out of lust as commitment to an individual mate forms. Recent studies in neuroscience have indicated that as people fall in
love, the brain consistently releases a certain set of chemicals, including pheromones, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which act similar
to amphetamines, stimulating the brain's pleasure center and leading to side-effects such as an increased heart rate, loss of appetite and sleep,
and an intense feeling of excitement. Research has indicated that this stage generally lasts from one and a half to three years.
Since the lust and attraction stages are both considered temporary, a third stage is needed to account for long-term relationships. Attachment is the
bonding which promotes relationships that last for many years, and even decades. Attachment is generally based on commitments such as marriage and
children, or on mutual friendship based on things like shared interests. It has been linked to higher levels of the chemicals oxytocin and vasopressin
than short-term relationships have. In 2005, Italian scientists at Pavia University found that a protein molecule known as the nerve growth factor
(NGF) has high levels when people first fall in love, but these levels return to as they were after one year. Specifically, four neurotrophin levels,
i.e. NGF, BDNF, NT-3, and NT-4, of 58 subjects who had recently fallen in love were compared with levels in a control group who were either
single or already engaged in a long-term relationship. The results showed that NGF levels were significantly higher in the subjects in love
than as compared to either of the control groups.
Psychology depicts love as a cognitive and social phenomenon. Psychologist Robert Sternberg formulated a triangular theory of love and argued
that love has three different components: intimacy, commitment, and passion. Intimacy is a form in which two people share confidences and
various details of their personal lives. Intimacy is usually shown in friendships and romantic love affairs. Commitment, on the other hand,
is the expectation that the relationship is permanent. The last and most common form of love is sexual attraction and passion. Passionate
love is shown in infatuation as well as romantic love. All forms of love are viewed as varying combinations of these three components.
Following developments in electrical theories, such as Coulomb's law, which showed that positive and negative charges attract, analogs
in human life were developed, such as "opposites attract". Over the last century, research on the nature of human mating has generally
found this not to be true when it comes to character and personality; people tend to like people similar to themselves. However, in a
few unusual and specific domains, such as immune systems, it seems that humans prefer others who are unlike themselves (e.g. with an
orthogonal immune system), since this will lead to a baby which has the best of both worlds. In recent years, various human
bonding theories have been developed described in terms of attachments, ties, bonds, and affinities.
Some Western authorities disaggregate into two main components, the altruistic and the narcissistic. This view is represented in the works
of Scott Peck, whose works in the field of applied psychology explored the definitions of love and evil. Peck maintains that love is a
combination of the "concern for the spiritual growth of another", and simple narcissism. In combination, love is an activity, not simply a feeling.