Throughout the centuries, great minds have tangled with the meaning of LOVE. It’s a big mysterious word, yet one that is used frequently and casually in our culture. Although we all speak of love frequently, we don’t have many opportunities to immerse ourselves in its radiant glow.
On a basic level if we are lucky, we learn to: Love our parents, love food, love God, love the sunrise, love Thanksgiving, love our child, love our dog, love the full moon, love a restaurant, love to travel, love to dance, love a movie, love the color green, love a sibling, love our Manolo Blahniks, love yoga, love San Francisco, love the sunrise, love flowers, trees, the ocean, and the Sierras. You get the idea. We get some bang for the buck from each of these relationships, but can take many of them for granted.
I only want to comment about being in the presence of a universal ritual devoted to love, called a wedding. It caused me to pay attention to LOVE in a way I don’t often get to do.
We had a small wedding at our home recently. It was not for a close family member, but for a friend. It was a privilege to be present and to witness the love that surrounded those present and the spaces we shared.
It goes without saying the bride was beautiful. The groom was dashing. The day was spectacular. The setting intimate and personal.
But, what I will remember most and what permeated everything was the spoken and unspoken celebration of love.
I was aware that this ancient tradition is the highest expression of our humanity. Before me stood a young couple, deeply in love, vowing to be there for each other. Their parents, relatives and close friends heard their vows and surrounded them with their own love for each.
I was aware of what a brief moment in time we were sharing together in this fragile world and fragile life. A sacred moment of beauty, intimacy and hope.
It was a time that seemed blessed, no matter its length. It was a time of smiles, laughter and tears. It spoke of the importance of family, continuity and friendship. Most of all, it was a glorious day for LOVE.
We are born of love; love is our mother. Rumi