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The Month of Love

 

 

I’m so happy to be in the month of February as it represents the month of of Love.
Maybe it’s because my Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 6.04.04 AMsun is conjunct Venus or maybe it’s just that I just  love love energy;).
I’m  a  visual person therefore I associate this month with all hues and shades of red and  pink. I collect Rose quartz crystals and I’m using them intuitively more throughout this month.

Whether or not you believe in the meaning behind Valentines day, why not celebrate Love, be in Love and welcome more Love in to your life.

The aspects of love don’t necessarily mean we have to be celebrating being in love with a partner or another individual, but can also mean evoking self love and  a composure of love..

 

 

 

Poetry:

By E.E.Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

 

Love Stories:
Since I’m loving learning more about the Hindu deities with the practice of Bhakti yoga and Kirtan, my favorite love story at the moment is of Krishna and Rhada.

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Krishna was the deity most associated with love..most images of him are usually portrayed with his beloved Radha.

The story goes  as this: Krishna and Radha, pursue each other around the forested hills of Vrindavan. Though Krishna continuously escapes Radha’s grasp, she calls out from her heart to have him stand still, if even for a moment. Then the moment shifts, and the lovely Radha becomes the pursued. Krishna turns toward her and follows her around the hills. Though each loves the other deeply, their love is complicated. They barely spend any actual time with each other — maybe a fleeting moment here, or a few wee hours of the morning there. Their love is never consummated by the fires of marriage. It always remains in this early romantic stage, where each is perpetually consumed by the other, in thought, word, and action.

The divine play (lila) between Krishna and Radha is very playful.

It is this sweet separation of lover and beloved that is cultivated in the tradition known as bhakti yoga. Krishna’s and Radha’s relationship has its challenges — despite their love, they eventually both marry other people. In Krishna’s case, thousands of others. What they represent, then, is not some idealized romance. Rather, they represent the steadfastness of our desire to experience the divine. They embody the unquenchable devotion that persists even when what we most want remains elusive, just beyond our grasp. I believe this is a hard concept to grasp but with self growth and practice it gains clarity for me and resonates well..

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 8.24.26 AMMusic
There’s no question that most  music is associated with Love, or lovemaking.. Love, good or bad, is a fairly universal experience. We can all usually relate to certain ideas or feelings. Love can make us feel amazing, or it can crush us. Either way, we’ve all been there. We get it. We think about love, sex, and companionship quite often. It’s such a driving force in our lives that it only makes sense that it would be used as inspiration for creativity.

With mentioning my favorite music associated with Love, I’ll avoid listing the obvious “close the deal” songs  by Sade, Marvin Gaye and infinite classic serenades.

At the moment, I think of love, and I’m vibing on Bebel Gilberto, D’angelo’s “Really Love”.. and I’m really into Trevor Hall for his refreshing universal message of love. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting.

 

 

My favorite music to listen to when I’m running is by Dr. Love who happens to be my husband. With his science, he creates playlists that touch the senses that evoke emotion and generate transcending  feelings of love.

You can follow his playlists on Dr.Love Music on Sound Cloud for an abundant variety of different genre of music.

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Reads: 

With reading excerpts from Anais Nin or her profound quotes, emotions of liberation emerge.. Anais Nin Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 11.47.26 AMwas a woman who was not afraid of her feminism, not afraid to be explosive with it and also, she was not afraid to purge her soul and share her inner most desires. However shocking these things may have been to others, was her raw and brutal honesty. Her truth..her messages of the importance of physical making of love needing to be marinated with deep feelings of love are profound in her writings.Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 11.48.29 AM

 

Romantic Film 

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A few of my favorite all time classic’s that stand out are Out of Africa, Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain, and one for the family ..Love Actually.

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Many Blessings of Love to you, and wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day,

Love Joy