It’s Valentine’s Day so naturally, I am thinking about love and the many ways love appears in my life.  Of course, there’s the love of my husband, and the love of my children and parents.  These are all truly supportive, funny, kind, amazing people, who make up my family and keep my life fun, interesting and sometimes crazy.  So very much love exists in these relationships; I am so thankful for each of you!

There are other ways in which love and a sense of community exist in my life too.  There are good friends, whom I can count on to lend an ear, a helping hand, a bad joke and general support at the drop of a hat.  How blessed are the people who have souls like this in their life.

The business partner, is yet another relationship built on trust, a shared vision, cooperation, respect and yes, love.  You don’t spend all day, 5 days a week working with someone and then spend weekends and vacations with them, unless you love spending time together. How lucky are we?

There is also a sense of love in the Inspired Community we are part of.  Clients, students and fellow practitioners with whom we share space, knowledge, time, laughter, and even tears.  There is a commitment to each other, and to clients and students, to bring our best selves forward every day, in order to show how much we care about your wellbeing.  This is also love.

And what about the even broader sense of love, spreading out into the world?  Love and appreciation for the Earth and its countless gifts to us.  The sorrow we feel when people in our neighbourhood and across the ocean are suffering–this too, is love.  This is the kind of love that inspires people to help others, to make a difference, even to discuss and shed light on injustices in the world.  Spreading love.

While on a recent vacation in Sedona, Sue and I, were fortunate to receive an innocent and beautiful expression of that kind of love.  While visiting one of the red rocks,we heard the gentle and ethereal music of a Native American flute.  It was so peaceful and joyful, we sat for several minutes just breathing in the beauty and vibrant stillness of the scene.  Upon finishing his last song, the musician, who had been playing from atop a tall and narrow rock formation, happily disembarked his perch, speaking to each person he met along the way.  And this is what he said as he handed each of us a roughly carved red rock heart, “I am spreading love throughout the world, one heart at a time.”

Simple words, a simple gesture, a pure and simple sentiment.  But what an impact!

May we all, in our simple and pure ways, spread love throughout the world, one heart at a time.

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