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It feels like a deep and aching desire to give and to receive (what?), and to know and be known (by whom?). I’ve had it fewer than half a dozen times in my life. – I can never pinpoint the object of that desire; but at that moment, I want to put my arms out physically and embrace it.
It depends on the context. When I’m out in nature, whether on water or land, at its best it feels like a oneness, a deep connection, moving the depths of my spirit. In a save-the-world sense, it’s a mixture of concern, fear and a desire to do something about it. So if I love it I can care for it and take my own small steps in that direction. Love as an action verb again. I am grateful I live in a democracy where I can vote for the people to act on the bigger stage.
When seeing the sun rays appear on a foggy morning while walking alongside the river, and the mist, which swallowed all noise and almost all signs of life slowly disappears, giving sight onto the beauty of nature and all. The rays of light almost mystic, the mist almost taking the breath and so peaceful, the waking of the world again… this leaves me deeply grateful.
My love for the world and of the world comes when I’m out in the world- hiking, climbing, skiing, walking. It’s a all about nature. It’s an over whelming feeling of my smallness against the vastness. How big is the sky anyway? How far can I see? I love the fresh smell of the out world.
When I am in nature and touch a tree branch or leaf or see a strange bug or the milky way with stars that stretch across the night sky. Seeing a child smile and holding a baby. When my dog snuggles up and puts his head in my lap for a snooze. A kiss from my mate. I feel a grateful peace in my heart and soul.
It feels like eating a big scoop of ice cream – just divine.
I walk every morning and always see and/or hear something beautiful that triggers off a sense of love for this world. Sometimes it feels like it takes my breath away, it always seems to centre around my heart and often makes me smile or even laugh. It also puts me in perspective as one small thing in this amazing world. Awe and wonder are two words that spring to mind. It is because of this that I believe we have to care for the world and all do our bit to help.
But I also get the same feeling when I hear of people doing caring things for other people, often selflessly, and then I know it is a good world after all
I do things like pick up trash that’s left in the street and put it into a garbage can.
Sunshine & Nature. I experience this love when I’m sitting outside reading, relaxing, listening to the birds. I also experience this feeling when I’m hiking- taking in the forest around me. I enjoy photography- and how finding the perfect shot helps me appreciate and love the world around me.
I felt a powerful sense of love that reached from my throat to my heart to my belly and out into my arms yesterday – it came from a photo of my former guinea pig
When my cat wakes me at 4 in the morning and cries not out for me to get up like it or not I get up and hold him and join him on his morning adventure, looking at the window, feeling the breeze, this morning watching the trees blowing back and forth, hearing the birds, changing his water, letting him drink from the sink, and trying to go back to sleep until he wakes me again by biting my feet. Love wakes me up and calls me to play and to not resist the day ahead but to join in.
It feels like bubbles of joy in my body and makes me smile 😊
It feels like being one with it all…. including the little garden snake who surprised me yesterday while I pruned raspberry canes. “Ah!! Hello, and it’s so lovely to see you….Thank you thank you thank you”
I love being surprised by a sudden proximity to a wild creature unselfconsciously going about its day.
That deep love always seems to resonate from deep inside my belly (kind of like the womb) and then resonates through my body. There have been times when my heart literally hurts from witnessing such great beauty. It’s a message that speaks of impermanence: “hold onto this snapshot in your memory, Trish, so you can reach it during difficult times.” All gifts….
When I experience a sense of love for the world it feels like gratitude and openness. It feels like say yes, thank you so much.
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