Love Is In The Air!

Written by Dr. Georgia Tetlow, Integrative Physician, and Fatima Flynn MS Aside from health and nutrition, there is also love! Not only self-love but love of all things! All things that are meaningful to you. We usually share integrative medical content-expect that next time! Today, we hope you feel inspired by these words from Jack Kornfield.

"At some point in life we all want to be loved. Love is the natural order, the main attraction, the mover of nations, the bee's in the spring, the tender touch, the first and last word. It is like gravity, a mysterious force that ties all things together. Neuroscience shows us that love is a necessity; its absence damages not only the individuals but whole societies. Our brains require bonding and nurturing. Close emotional connection change neural patterns, affecting our sense of self and making empathy possible. Modern neuroscience reinforces that while love is native to us, it is also a quality that can be developed. Furthermore, neuroscience show how practices of love and compassion can change our nervous system and greatly increase access to these capabilities.

Love being alive! Love your creative, distracted, overworked mind. Love your anxiety and depression, longing and wisdom. Love your food, celebrate your survival, open your senses to the communion of life right where you are. Love the creatures of the world, the incalculably complex web of teeming earthworms, bacteria, bees, and beasts that live and die in an incalculable process of re-creation on this cooled piece of star.

Start anywhere. Love dogs, cats, dolphins, squirrels, mockingbirds, lizards, elephants. Love men and women, tribes, nations, the unending varieties of human character and theater. Love is a sacred wellspring that never runs out.

Some people learn love spontaneously when their children are born. Some when their children are in trouble. Some learn from falling in love, from caring for the one they’re with. Your true nature is love and awareness. And yet at times you forget, which is utterly human. Ursula LeGuin reminds us, “Love must be remade each day, baked fresh like bread.”

Practices of loving, kindness and compassion drawn from Eastern psychology are being adapted for medicine, education, psychotherapy, conflict resolution, even for business. The inner training of meditation and prayer tune us in to the love channel. They invite us into the reality of love over and over until the time comes when love bursts our heart open, swoops in and fills us, and we can’t say no.

Think of those who choose love in this world, and remember that you can awaken your own love and join them. Practicing in any of these ways profoundly affects how you hold others"., excerpted 6/7/17