“What the ego doesn’t want us to see is that our pain doesn’t come from the love we weren’t given in the past, but from the love we ourselves aren’t giving in the present. ”

“Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of every day”.

? Marianne Williamson, ‘A Return to Love’ (my favourite and most inspirational read so far this year).

Her are some words of wisdom from me and inspired by reading this brilliant book;

What is Love? We all have an instinctive need to be loved and give love in return. When you can become selfless, when you can become grateful for the smallest of things, when you can truly let go of past fear and hurts, you will find yourself at peace and then love will find its own graceful unpredictable way in to your being. When it does, you will even find yourself feeling and offering love to people who have upset or betrayed you at some time in the past. Love does not come with conditions or an agenda. Like the sun, love is free and radiates independently of our fears and our desires if we can surrender to it and let it in.

Love is not about control, it cannot be forced or bought, you cannot be made to love yourself or others, it just happens when you can let go of your idea of what it should be. Love has no rules or boundaries and cannot be turned on or off. Love allows room for hurt, anger, grief, or pain to be expressed and released. Love cannot be withheld if it doesn’t get what it wants – for example – Love does not say, “If you want to be loved you must be nice”.

‘Love is Compassionate and Empathetic’. This is the true nature of love, it cannot be manipulated or restrained. It knows the other is also itself.