The Power of Love

'If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.'
- Emmett Fox
 
Love is a feeling of affection, adoration and oneness. Love is a great inspiration. Love helps us in reaching out for our best. The power of love if channeled correctly results in the great pieces of work. Only love can defeat hatred. The ultimate lasting victory is the touching, moving and winning of the heart. Love is amplified when shared.

Science of Love:
Helen Fisher is an anthropologist and a human behavior researcher at the Rutgers University. She is considered the world’s leading expert on the topic of love. In her ground-breaking book “The Anatomy of Love” (published in 1992), she postulated three main phases of love:

  1. Lust - an intense longing. Lust is the initial passionate desire that promotes mating.
    1. Involves the increased release of chemicals such as testosterone and estrogen.
    2. Appearance, smells, and other similar factors play a decisive role.
    3. Effects rarely last more than a few weeks or months.
  2. Attraction - an action that tends to draw people together. At this stage the person concentrates their affection on a single mate and fidelity becomes important.
  3. Attachment - a bonding progression. When a person has known a loved one for a long time, they develop a deeper attachment to their partner.
    1. It has been linked to higher levels of the chemicals oxytocin (released by the hypothalamus gland during child birth and also helps the breast express milk) and vasopressin than short-term relationships have.
    2. Attachment is generally based on commitments such as marriage and children, or on mutual friendship based on things like shared interests.
    3. The attachment phase usually happens in about 30 months. After that time, the passion fades, changing love from consummate to companionate, or from romantic love to liking.

Stages of love:

    • Self.
    • Other individual.
    • Humanity, Nature or Universe: Everything - plants, animals and humans.

Thoughts:
“Love is true religion. Being in love is being religious.” – Manu

“Religion without love is like a body without soul.” – Manu

“Love is unconquerable because love conquers all.” – Manu

“Love is the only permanent solution of hatred, crimes & terrorism.” – Manu

“Love is almost equally as important as food, if not more.” - Manu

Religion:
"Sattva—pure, luminous, and free from sorrow—binds us to happiness and wisdom".

Sattva, translated as purity, helps one to see that love evolves from selflessness. - The Bhagavad Gita (Number 6), helps devotees to see that love conquers all.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
– Bible (1 Corinthians 13:4-8:)

Love is the best antidepressant:
The more love we feel, the happier we are.
The less love we have, the more depressed we are likely to feel. The most common sources of depression is feeling unloved. It is a myth that love just happens. As a result, we passively sit around waiting for someone to love us. Love doesn't work that way. To get love and keep love we have to go out and be active and learn the skills of love. Erich Fromm (writer of “The Art of Loving”) called it "an act of will."

Love is a learned skill:
Erich Fromm writes about love as an art, a practice, a faculty, to be developed and improved upon within yourself. He describes pop culture's form of romantic love as passive and consumerist. You find the right object for your love and then everything just happens from there. He argues that romantic love needs to be founded on top of love of self and love of all humanity. He writes, 'If I can say to somebody else, "I love you," I must be able to say, "I love in you everybody, I love through you the world, I love in you also myself."

Simple affirmation to do every day: “I love myself”
Whenever you see mirror going forward, you will say internally or externally “I love myself”. This will happen at least once in a day going forward. We can not give anything unless we have that thing. Same goes for love. We must have LOVE in order to give it to others. The easiest way to do is to build the “self love”. This simple technique can bring amazing miraculous transformations in your life.

Meditation + Love
In Meditation + Love, the symbol “Plus (+)” stands for “Yoga”. And what is very interesting to see is what happens when we join the two seemingly at first glance nothing-to-do-with-each-other things. Essentially ultimately everything is “knowing”. And from that higher point-of-view, Meditation, Yoga and Love are synonyms for the same thing, knowing more of self, knowing more about life. Sometimes for some the quite moments of Meditation become their best teachers, for others the ups and downs of love become the learning lessons of self and life. No matter what the path one picks or happen to be on, provided someone reaches the right destination, the destination of realizing the truth.

Love is an addition, like Yoga. The word “Yoga” itself means union, joining, immersing, being part of everything rather than just a mere detached isolated self. Like Yoga has the power to transform your life, love has the same basic ingredients. Zero does not have any value. But the same zero (0) when put at the right side of number 1, the total combined value become 10, ten times the value of even other element 1. So even if you are zero, you have a value and with the involvement of love with a right person, both can become much greater than their limited individual self. This is the power of love, making you and other person manifold. Would you not like to have this power in your life?

Love makes us feel happy. Not having love, makes us feel sad. Loss of love makes us feel depressed. Having love makes us feel inspired. So there is a direct relationship between love and Mind, just like there is one to one direct relationship between Meditation and Mind. It does not make any sense to ignore such an amazing creation of nature called love, which has the ability to effect every part of our brain, mind, body, and life. Love makes us aware of our deep innate needs. Love can make the difference between an unfulfilled being to the one contented and fulfilled. In the process of trying to express the highest possible emotion of love, a lot of creativity can flow. In the past, the tales of love have resulted in the great master pieces of art, science, culture, and literature. Understanding love is understanding brain and mind. Better understanding of Mind leads to better, more productive and meaningful enlightened life.

Everyone wants love. Many crave for love every single day of their lives. Some find love. Some loose love. But most do not have love. What is the reason? Why people don’t have, they want so desperately? One main reason is that those who currently are deprived of love, are incapable of loving. They can not sustain love. They can not give love. They are at least until now have not been able to master love. To be able to give love, one needs to know love. One needs to really understand love. What love is? What are the fundamentals of love? What are the characteristics of love? What is the language of love? What is the science of love? What is the code of love? Many people think that they know all about love. If that is the case, they must have abundance of love and must be enjoying the heavenly bliss of ultimate of life in the relationship area, the true mutual love. If that is not the case, they fall into the only other category of “no-love”.

The good news is that just like everything else, love can be learned. Love can be known. Love can be understood. History has many evidences that true love exists. And thinking scientifically if something called love is there, then it can be discovered, replicated, and relished. If one is open for love, if one is committed to find love and finally willing to stick with love, then one can have love. Love can be difficult, discomforting, risky, and rocky. So love may not be made for those who always look for the easy way out, short-cuts, do not have any appetite for putting anything at stack and too week and fearful to withstand any challenge. The hope is that anybody can change, and the right changes can fill all the gaps. Meditation happens because we surrender our ego for the sake of the truth and the only way to have the love happen is to sacrifice the selfish, manipulative, dishonest, over-smart ego.

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