Learning The Meaning of Life Through Love
Love is commonly contrasted with hate (or neutral apathy), but the opposite of love is not hate, it is fear.
Although the nature or essence of love is a subject of frequent debate, different aspects of the word can be clarified by determining what isn’t love (antonyms of “love”). Fear is not love, of this you can be assured.
All human suffering, whether necessary or self-created, is tied to obstacles that have meaning for us.
Such an obstacle may be associated with some physical or psychological discomfort, or spiritually speaking, from the “pain of longing” — the seeking of something deeper than the world of form. Who can say what it might be?
Transcending obstacles define much of what goes on in life. Think about it. It is likely that you function day to day on “automatic pilot,” then suddenly you experience a usually unexpected obstacle. Now, this obstacle might be walking up the steps of a non-functioning escalator, or waiting in a long line at the post office. It may be something equally annoying like a sudden red light that causes you to hit the brakes on your car. These types of challenges are what get your attention.
When things, events, or people limit your freedom, these “obstacles” take on meaning. We are also often drawn to things of great beauty, sensuality, and elegance. These things also have meaning. So as you can see, to notice something, positive or negative is to give it meaning.
What does it mean for something to have meaning?
This is an important question. Many great thinkers have proposed that all meaning is based on your perception as well as shifts in your perception.
Many of us go through life unconsciously. We each decide arbitrarily that some things are important while others are not. Something might have meaning now that did not have any meaning just a few moments ago.
Does ‘meaning’ have to have a particular quality or quantity to it? Will any sense of meaning do? How would you even know if something had more than a superficial meaning? What’s the link between meaning and significance in daily action? If something has meaning for you, does it have ‘meaning’ because it reinforces your sense of being — or is something deeper going on? Is meaning anything more than what grabs your attention?
Your answers to these questions about the “meaning of life” may have great implications for how you think, make choices, use language, and communicate with others in the process of daily living.
Without this inquiry into love and meaning, you may be destined to a life of confusion or intellectual, emotional, and spiritual numbness.
This love grows over time. we understand the different types of love out there, we can become conscious of how deep our connection is with ourselves and the other people in our lives.
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About the Author: Lewis Harrison, is a student of love. A Results-Oriented Life Coach, speaker, and strategist specializing in Self Improvement, Personal Development, Love, and Happiness.
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