Front Porch Magazine
January 2016, pg. 5
I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately. In this town I’ve called home for nearly 18 years, I’ve seen love manifest in many forms among neighbors, lovers, family and friends; through secular and spiritual practices; and through my bond with my own son, a deep and primal love.
"The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
I have known love and I have seen what this town makes of love among its citizens. In this, I’ve witnessed true understanding and unconditional compassion that transforms a place and is unstoppable.
"Love your neighbor, but who is your neighbor. Your neighbor is the one who is sent to you from the Divine. Your neighbor can be one who is a total stranger to you from afar. Your neighbor can be someone living close to you. But what is true is that your neighbor is one of the Light who needs your support as much as you need his." ~ Jesus of Nazarath
I’ve watched people make connections in this town, opening themselves like doors, offering comfort through words and deeds. My own understanding of love is to live intentionally with a generous heart, to love deeply and openly; yet, I could love more. Fear and anger sometimes get in the way of my loving as freely as I might wish, the way I know is right and true.