Open your heart

Valentine’s day. Some people love it, some people don’t. Many are indifferent. Some say it’s all about consumerism, others say it’s a day to share your feelings.

Here’s what I think. Focus on the love. Give love, get love, share love. Love your friends, your family, your other half, yourself. Be kind, be thoughtful, be happy. Smile, sing, share. Let yourself believe that love is all you need, even if it’s only for one day. Open your heart and let love in.

I work with children. Children are naturally open to love. They tell you they love you so easily. They feel it, so they say it. Between them, it’s about friendship. On Monday, each child pulled another’s name out of a basket and had to do nice things for this person all week. No presents, no consumerism, just small kindnesses and smiles. They tried to be more patient, play together and share.

They each made a card for their “secret friend”. This afternoon, watching them open the enveloppes and try to figure out who had been being so nice to them all week was, I was happy. They were so excited! And it didn’t cost a thing.

After work, I made my way over to the yoga studio where Amber led a heart-opening class. Backbending and heart-lifting, it made me realize that letting the world in is a conscious practice. We can’t just expect good things to happen to us, we have to open ourselves up and ask for them.

Love, love, love. Namaste.

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