What is love?

 

For this question, we are fortunate enough to have as a guest writer - founder and chief editor of What is Enlighenment? magazine, Andrew Cohen. You can find out more at www.enlightennext.org.

 

Andrew Cohen
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Arturo Munoz
There is a scene in Plato in which Socrates and some friends get together at Agathon's house for a small party. The wine flows freely, as do the innuendoes, and everyone gets sort of drunk (except for, apparently, Socrates who maintains an air of seriousness at all times, being the perennial party pooper). Well the question of what the nature of love is comes up and different responses are given
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Nashwan Hamza
My initial feelings seem to spring from my innocent days of Beatle loving and hippie envy. I can still close my eyes and picture myself lying on a grass covered hill looking up at pretty girls in colorful skirts, dancing all around me in the sun, with flowers in their hair and groovin to the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel. Far out man!
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Nick Hambley
There are many other things you could be doing right now. I am grateful that you have taken some time to read this response. Thank you. Today, I invite you to embark on a short experiment with me. It will take no more than five minutes and will help me answer this month's question. It does not involve a chemistry set, just your mind and body. Will you try it out?
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Ani Fox
I'm a poet and I have done my share of flowery prose on the merits and almost narcotic thrill of LOVE. But love as it really stands in the world is smaller, tougher and far more profound. It has no flourishes, no fanfare, it burns no fingers like a fire - it heats the core of planets, moves galaxies and holds up mountains without announcing itself. That is love - a motion, an action, an essence, a force of nature, a divine spark.
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Jordan Myska Allen
No but seriously the Beatles got it wrong. You already have all you need (love) you just got to get past ten thousand years of believing in illusion. Sounds hard, but come on we used to think someone pulled the sun through the sky with a chariot everyday. (Sorry to those of you who still believe in this, but its an illusion just like everything else you believe in, expect of course love). Plus these 10K years are imaginary as well. You gotta love it!
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Claire Villareal
The range of possible answers to this question is so broad that what aspect I choose to address is likely to say as much as the content of these reflections. So I'll begin by narrowing the scope of what I'd like to address: I'm not going to talk about romantic love or the kinds of unconditional love one person might offer another. Instead, I want to reflect here on something I've been working with in my own contemplative life,the so-called "object-less" love one cultivates toward all living beings in various types of Buddhist practice.
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Mary Ann Clark
This topic is a difficult one for me right now. I've spent the last two months dealing with my mother's aging, her hospitalizations and what plans should be made for her future. My mother is 82 years old and has been living on her own until just after 4th of July. I went to visit her just after the holiday, ended up taking her to the hospital the day I arrived and have been dealing with repeated hospitalizations since then.
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