It has taken nearly half my life to realize unconditional love is a very achievable experience that I really can have.
I can receive it. I can give it.
However, being me, at first I tried to tackle unconditional love the same way I try to tackle everything new – the hard way.
I tried to give it long before I knew what it felt like to receive it (no experience = no ability).
I also tried to find it with people first (in a word – whoops).
And I tried to find it in big chunks rather than in fleeting moments (which was all I could sustain at first).
Later I learned it is much easier to find unconditional love in nature before seeking it amongst my own kind.
It is even easier when you have nature living in your house with you (this is why I always recommend the addition of a pet to a recovering person’s – and any person’s – support team).
Only after practicing receiving….and then giving….unconditional love with nature, and then with my pets, have I been able to begin to attempt it successfully with people as well.
Slowly, surely, over time and with the constant daily encouragement and reminders my parrot, Pearl, and my tortoise, Malti, offer me, I have been able to slowly open up and trust and love certain people around me in a new, deeper, more truly loving way.
And whenever I falter, or forget, I always know exactly where to go to remember again.
Today’s Takeaway: Whose face do you see when you think the words “unconditional love?” How does that image support you to return to your life and those around you from a more loving, trusting, peaceful place?
p.s. This post is from May’s free ezine, Good News for Recovery + Life