What is love?

Rakhshinda Shakir
Posted March 27, 2021

What do you think of love?

I paused a little before I could say my stand on it. Yes, love exists, and I believe in love. If we look at it in such a way that love is just not one person, but every being and everything around us, one can feel a connection with, it wouldn't be wrong.

Like I feel deep connections with trees, nature, the sky, oceans, and music. Not sure of what I meant, he asked and how about relationship sort of love ? Yes, that exists too, and with utmost beauty, this form of love is most cherished.

I think it isn't exceptionally great because it makes you fall harder, he uttered.

Sometimes, I am just in a mood of deep talks like the one which was happening tonight, and in a full spirit of surrendering to the moment,  I replied, well, unless you don't fall how would you know what it means to rise.

Not happening to believe my words, he kept asking and how about if you keep falling again and again and again, Well, then maybe fall until you finally learn to rise above the concept of falling. He grinned.

Some nights frequently get divine with deeps talks to self and sometimes deep thoughts, but tonight was different as we were speaking of love, an ordinary thing which does wonders.

I said love is when two freedoms meet. How is that possible, wondered him. I may be wrong, but I believe love is when you don't commit. There is a difference between love and commitment. Commitment is what keeps you bound to, and love is a will, it is free. 

In commitment you are bound to listen, to behave accordingly to each others demand, tell them to change for you and vise versa but love is not give and take; it is pouring oneself until emptying. It does not bound; it does not force; it just comes making you surrender to life without any pause, without any doubt.

And what is surrender? Surrender is when you accept, when you observe, when you sit and stare, just despite all the odds and evens, keep starting at life as if the only thing on earth that matters. Sometimes love is just love; it can't even be defined but only felt. Also sometimes love is just a moment which leaves you longing for it in its purest form forever.

See!! when you surrender to life and love, you happen to witness feelings that are unknown to people who are in a rush, who are in a hurry and who do not pay attention to little things in life. What happens when we pay attention? We are indeed present in that moment; we become aware of what is happening around, we are fully aware of our emotions, what controls them and what causes them.

Love is an ordinary sweet thing which only if you pay attention to and become aware of  becomes extraordinary! But remember, love is not just one person you marry, it is everything and every being around you that you come in connection with.

Listening to all what I had to say the poet in him asked and what do I call you, I said, " Healer"  :) and he found a friend in me who sound to be restless with the approaches of the mundane world, and we fared each other well.

Rakhshinda Shakir March 27.2019

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Nini Mappo
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hello again Rakshinda,
What a depth of analysis and insight into a concept so mysterious and yet so freeing when we discover it. It brings to mind a community in the ancient Greek city of Corinth who were confused as to what love was, and were told:
" Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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".
It's awesome that you have as wonderful insight at par with what was given to these ancient Greeks, which reflects a great philosophical mind!
And as you reflect, love is beyond the human sphere, but only we humans have the words to explain it, although these often leave us confused ha ha.

Thank you for sharing Rakshinda, stay in the sunshine :)

Rakhshinda Shakir
Mar 30
Mar 30

Thank you my dear, Nini. I love reading long long paragraphs and I read your comments three times. What a blessing world pulse is.
Blessings and love on rhe way sending back..

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Mar 29
Mar 29

Wow Rakshinda,
I love your writings: so deep, so analytical, so philosophical, so thoughtful, so enlightening and nourishing!
Your are highly talented my dear friend, and your insights are thought-provoking.

Thank you for taking the time to write and to share your great wisdom with us, your sisters on World Pulse.

It is always a great pleasure to read you. May you keep us nourished in great wisdom!

Rakhshinda Shakir
Mar 30
Mar 30

Lots and lots of love for being a constant reader, listner and an encourager!

jpalapuz
Apr 30
Apr 30

A great prompt for reflection, thank you for sharing your thoughts Rakhshinda!