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The Love Series: How I Embraced LOVE

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When Lori announced her choice of raoka theme LOVE for the month of August, my heart literally skipped a beat. More so cause of excitement and utter glee at the thought of what I could write about and focus on all through the month.
For those of you who know me, know how much ‘in love’ with Love I am. I think, I eat and I breathe love too :)
Since when I can recall, I’ve always been the ‘love everything’ kind. When I was little I would be in love with my kittens and cry buckets and buckets for days when they were sick. I would go out of my way to baby sit the kids of the whole neighbourhood, even when I had final exams the next day. I would gladly announce to all how much I love my new shoes, or my new teachers, or my new classroom. I chased butterflies and would lie down for hours watching the clouds as they passed by, always making big beautiful hearts in the sky.

My freinds would always ask me, “how can you love everything? There must be something you don’t like….”. Hmmm…I never ever thought of things I didn’t like. As I grew up this “in love” feeling grew more and more. I had started going out of my way to love and show love, without even realizing it.

Yes, I have had my share of heart breaks, but still, I couldn’t stop loving every little thing. I loved life and all things in it. Until the day when I fell flat on my face cause of this immense love. It was the most massive heart break. I cried buckets, I sulked, I went into a bit of a depressive state. But still, when a cousin of mine asked me how I felt about that person or rather did I not hate that person for doing this to me…. I could not feel anything negative. That was the time when spirituality and the Divine entered my life in full force.

In researching and contemplating I’ve realized that although this heart, as soft and gentle as it is, is only made for loving and nothing else. The heart cant be made to hate, that word doesn’t exist for the pure and gentle heart. Its like when a baby is born, its pure, knows no hatred, no malice, no negativity..its just pure love. Over the years though we tend to put up coats or layers on this heart of all the negative feelings and emotions. The layers become so thick that we stop feeling, we become numb. In this numbness lies severe emotional pain and lack of total happiness.

Getting rid of these layers or coats
is only possible when we can force ourselves to start loving again. For when we can start loving, slowly those layers those coats of negativity will melt away, revealing that pure gentle loving heart once again. This in its totality is what I mean when I say I have Embraced Love. Every time I think a negative feeling is coming up, I immediately do an act of love. So beautifully does that negative feeling melt away to be replaced by positive love.

Right now as I type this I can feel that love in my heart. I can feel it overflowing for You and for everyone and everything in my life. Its the one feeling I associate with as being totally and completely Alive.

Love heals all wounds, love creates bridges where there were none, love gives hope, love is what is truly whats making this world turn in its axis. To me love is Divine. Where there is love The Almighty The divine  Lives and flourishes. Where there is love the soul ascends to new heights in every moment.

And in focusing on Love all of last month, I learned something new. Something magical. That love can have a magnificent chain reaction. That when I express and act in love with someone, that someone does the same with the very next person they meet, and the chain continues. How totally divine and magical is that? One act of love can create a chain of love. I can very happily say I’ve created a very long chain of love.

What were these acts of love?-

  • -I smiled very very wide right from my heart.
  • -I helped and listened to friends and family vent, with loving care.
  • -I said “i love you” atleast a 100 times everyday, there by teaching my  little girl to say it too. She has started saying, I love pink color or I love my cup :)
  • -I opened my heart to new possibilities of life and Love. In doing so I have attracted so much love, from the most unlikely of places.
  • -I truly embraced myself and loved myself just as I am. No complains…just love.
  • -I love twitter. In order to show my appreciation and love to all my fellow twitter buddies I started #EverydayLuv tag. Which is basically to show your love to all your friends there Everyday :) Want to share the love on twitter come join me there @zeenatsyal

SO what are you waiting for? Go on, be the love! Spread the Love! Heal with Love! There is no other way to pure bliss :) Oh…and while you are at it…share your wisdom & love in  the comments below too. I would love to learn of some more ways to be the love!

About the Love Series: Love is such a vast topic that one article cannot do justice to it, so I have decided to turn it into a series of articles maybe 3-4 articles, spread over the period of the next few weeks.
Next Week- I will talk about “how we can truly heal all our relationships with Love”. To stay updated and not miss any part of this series please click here to subscribe.

With Immense Love and Gratitude,
~Zeenat~

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RAOKA- This article is part of The RAOKA mission that seeks to remind us that Random Acts of Kick Arse{raoka} happen all around us—and also to spread the spirit. Each month, one of us RAOKA groupies picks a new theme to focus our attention toward positivity and goodness in this world. On the first Wednesday of each month (US time zone) we all post about what we’ve observed.
The RAOKA team
—check out other LOVE posts:
- Lori at Jane Be Nimble, -Lance at Jungle of Life , -Gayze at Gazehound’s Animal Communication. *Stay tuned for next month’s theme: Grace (chosen by M at The Exception).:) RAOKA’s creator, Sami May, is currently on blogging hiatus and may return in the future—Lori has picked up the torch for her in the interim.If you would like to part of this, please contact Lori and she will set you up.
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Author: Zeenat Merchant Syal

Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor/Motivational Speaker/Naturopath/Holistic Healer/Writer

35 thoughts on “The Love Series: How I Embraced LOVE

  1. Hello Zeenat!

    Wonderful post on LOVE!

    I have also experienced the chain reaction you mentioned. Lately, I’ve begun to think of myself as an Activist for Love, because like you, I found when an act of love is shown to a person, they are very likely to pass that on. A wonderful ripple effect!

    Thank You Zeenat, for being the example of love that you are!

    • Hi Keith,
      You certainly are an activist for love. IN loving even an ounce the chain reaction can go far far beyond what we can ever imagine. So you continue being LOVE…and we will all enjoy this gorgeous ripple effect :)
      Thank you for your beautiful comment here Keith!
      Much love~

  2. Hi Zeenat,

    Very nice post! I like this statement a lot “I opened my heart to new possibilities of life and Love. In doing so I have attracted so much love, from the most unlikely of places.” The more we open ourselves and look for love, the more we attract it to us. Thanks for sharing

  3. it is a chain reaction. I have to remind myself that I can’t fix everything – I can however, give love and do what I can and trust that this will, in its own way, spread from person to person… it is love… and how can it not build bridges and transform those who are touched by it.
    Beautiful post.

    • HI E!,
      You are so right…we really cant fix everything, but in loving unconditionally those bridges get built, those wounds get healed, the positive process starts.
      I’m glad you liked this post…and I wait for the next raoka.which is your Graceful suggestions :)
      Much Love~

  4. Wow, you DO love Twitter, more than 2000 friends — awesome!
    And I sure like how you say I Love You more than 100 times a day and your daughter is learning that too.

    My heart is over-flowing for you too. You bring so much sunshine.

    Thank you, Zeenat.

    xoxo

    • HI Jannie,
      I do I do..I do love twitter so so much. But not more than my little girl ;)
      And you always make me smile so so wide with your lovely comments. You are awesomely lovely that way ;)
      Thank you for being my ray of sunshine today.
      Much Love~

  5. Hi Zeenat,
    I love that you’re making this into a series. That’s an excellent idea!
    I feel so much like you, my kindred soul, that the concept and thoughts about love are so vast and deep. I love how you phrased this, “To me love is Divine. Where there is love The Almighty The divine Lives and flourishes.” Oh my, sweet Zeenat, I think I’m going to do something special with this quote of yours. I love it!
    I remember when we first met, you started calling me Lori Luv ~ and it really stuck for me, too. I love that! It brings me much joy when I see you call me that nickname.
    This month has turned me into a love faucet. It’s difficult to describe, but I’m so thankful for your involvement and support surrounding this theme AND helping me with your input around the RAOKA concept, too. Your input has been of immense value. Zeenat, you are one amazing woman! Thank you.
    Love to you, my friend.
    ~xo

    • HI Lori Luv,
      You are just so lovable..how can I not call you lori luv :)
      This months theme was really awesome…I so enjoyed it.
      And my luv, you can what you want with that quote… :) Just show me your creation after…I know you are awesome with graphic design :)
      And lots more love coming up in the weeks to come in this series. Hope you will come by and check the continuous love out :)
      Much love~

  6. Zeenat, How I wish to love as deeply and widely and profoundly as you! Thank you for the inspiration. I loved your story of how much you loved your kittens as a child.

  7. Beautiful Zeenat, you really do embody love from head to toe. From the very first time I met you, I could feel your immense love. It’s in every word, thought, and action of yours. Thank you for bringing love to life in this world!

  8. You know I love your posts, so I am not gonna say it. what I am gonna say is, that, you are an amazing person. I am yet to find somebody who filled with the positivity that you are.

    You are right, love, is a chain reaction. Unfortunately, so is hate. Hate, as you said, is a feeling the heart never knew. i do wonder very often why does some get into the cycle of hate? As a human being, why should I hate another human being? I used to feel its his/her actions towards us that have made us hate him/her. But, in the end its how we interpret their actions that cause that so called feeling of hate in us. I am not sure how far am right. Can you please write a post on this? would love to read it. :)

    Love,
    T

    • HI T,
      Now thats a lovely topic to write about….hmm…I will certainly write an article about it soon :)
      And you are right..its how we interpret outside influences that makes our insides react a certain way. The best is to act out of love, automatically the interpretation will also be of love…and thereby it wont be a negative one.
      Thank you for your awesome input oh wise one :)
      Much Love~

  9. Dear Zeenat…

    Here’s to love! You definitely are a very loving person and it shows in all that you do.

    As for me, I just love love. Nothing is more powerful and nothing is as beautiful as love. Love is what heals and life is all about love.

    Much love and blessings to you!

  10. Hi Z! Awesome! If anyone knows about being love, that would be you! :)
    I start each day waking up with gratitude and LOVE for just being here, being given another day. It’s a perfect way to start the day and then keep it flowing, add to it as I go thru the day. It’s a recipe for me that never fails!
    hugs
    suZen

    • HI Suzen,
      You are so wise …you have devised the perfect Love recipe! To wake up with this feeling of gratitude and love combined can truly work wonders on our self.
      I always love it when you stop by and share your wisdom..it makes my thoughts come alive. Thank you :)
      Much love~

  11. This is a great post on a powerful topic!

    The power of Love is amazing, I am always amazed with my son how my ability to respond to him with Love really makes such a difference with him. There are times when I get frustrated with him and things end up going in a negative spiral. But when I can stop, take a deep breath and remember to respond with Love then there is a change in him and we start on a positive spiral and that is amazing!

    • HI Stacy,
      I have a 3 year old girl..and I can very well understand the frustration that can come in. I too have my days …but believe me the conscious effort to act out of love, makes a world of difference in that tiny little person..and the best part is it makes a difference in me too! Amazing!
      The positive spiral rocks ! :)
      Thank you for your lovely thoughts on this.
      Much Love~

  12. Zeenat,
    You shine love from your soul in so many beautiful and touching ways…and that I have in some way been the recipient of this love…it is touching to MY soul.

    And that is truly a gift that I feel comes from deep within your being, and in that – it feels so authentic and real…even though we are separated by oceans and continents.

    Love knows no bounds…

    And you live that so much…

    Love always,
    Lance

  13. Hi Zeenat,

    I loved your post on love and how you are spreading it around. I feel that you are literally beaming it off your post :)

    And how lovely that you are passing this lovely gift to your daughter – to love and appreciate and see the beauty in all that is around her!

    Hugs and love,
    Dorlee

    • HI Dorlee,
      Beaming off love…hmm now thats so interesting..considering I am a star trek fan ;)
      My little girl is getting more and more loving by the day..and I so love it when you runs up to me and hugs me and says….”i love you mummy”..it just makes my day.
      Thank you fro your beautiful comment here.
      Much love!

  14. Hello Zeenat,

    I can just feel your love pouring out to share with all of us. Beautiful post from a beautiful soul, no doubt!

    Love always,
    Evelyn

    • HI Evelyn,
      Thank you for noticing all the love here. Its awesome na… :) You know…I have seen this love in you too..in all you share..and all you do. Thank you fro that..and thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts here today. I appreciate it.
      Much love~

  15. Embrace love by finding your purpose. Do this and you will find you had more love for your self and your craft than you ever thought poss bile!

  16. I love all your posts Zeenat. Wonderful!

  17. This may be the cutest thing I’ve read in a long time:

    “I chased butterflies and would lie down for hours watching the clouds as they passed by, always making big beautiful hearts in the sky.”

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