The Need for Love
by Prof. Liwayway Memije-Cruz
Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference -- in our own lives and those of others.- Sharon Salzberg
I know that you would agree with me that everyone of us needs love. So many of us are indeed hungry for love or starving to be listened to, or respected or even cared for. Our human spirit is indeed sometimes suffering from the true essence of poverty and the absence of love and concern from the people around us make our spirit wilt and die.
Love can be in different forms, shapes and intensity, it can be a love to the one you chose to spend your life with, love to your parents and siblings, love to a friend, neighbor or to a person just around the corner. Loving means generosity, willingness to give and share whatever we have to people around us. It could be material or it can be in the form of acceptance, understanding, respect and concern.
Love brings about miracles. In fact it can generate multitude of miracles in people’s lives. Sometimes love unexpectedly heals the heart and sometimes love involves physical healings. Through love, compassion, forgiveness and peace everyone can cultivate love.
Loving means desires to fulfill. Desires for you to feel… to suddenly seek joy and happiness but sometimes pains come within like a thief in the night. Hurting you so much and leave you in pain. Loving means willingness and joyfully to bleed, for the sake of the love you have for the one you love so deeply. But then regardless of the pain, everyone needs love in his lifetime.