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Love is our natural state of being.

We can give love away, share it, and it constantly replenishes itself. It is simply impossible to ‘run out’ of love. It is an abundant and renewable resource, like sunshine. It cannot help but coexist with life itself. Love is not complicated at all. In fact it is incredibly simple.

There is no effort required to ‘create’ love, as it already exists. Rumi, the great Sufi poet, wrote,
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

How do we even know if we have built barriers against love? We know because it hurts. Barriers against love create emotional, and even physical pain.

How do we remove these barriers to love? Sometimes we need to silence our busy minds to remember this love. The constant chatter of thoughts and judgments can fill our ears and minds, cloud our vision and dampen our senses. Meditation is one way to quiet our minds so we can remember our natural state of being. We can meditate in silence, with our eyes closed, or we can meditate by spending time in nature. Whilst watching the clouds drift by, the waves come and go, the water fall or the leaves blow in the breeze, it is impossible to deny that a powerful current of universal life force exists. When we attune ourselves to this, we experience love.

In our natural state, which is love, we feel an interconnectedness with the universe. We know ourselves to be part of a big system that supports and nourishes us. The leaves, the plants, the animals, the air, the water, the trees, are all part of this interwoven, symbiotic support network.

When we are in our natural state of love, this love is part of every action, every movement, every thought and conversation. We know this because there is ease and flow. There is nothing that we need to ‘do’. Our very being-ness supports this.

Notice this flow of love in your life. When you are able to attune yourself to it, take time to revel in it, savor it, experience it.

I asked the question, “What is love?”

The answer is simple: “You are.”

Love, from Marie

Image Credit: Catherine Velasquez

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Marie Fitzsimons is a parent educator, mediator and relationship coach who gets to the heart of the matter. She lives on Olinda Road in Makawao with her loving husband and three wonderful children. Marie is available for private coaching sessions for children and adults, individuals, couples and groups. She can be reached at 808-344-3379 or


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