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Ask yourself, “What is the one thing I can’t live without?”

Air? Water? Food? Sleep?

Interesting answers – but have you considered that we also couldn’t live without Love?

Love is something that we all crave; we all want to be loved and to love back in return. This is not the fairy-tale, hearts and flowers romantic kind of love but the love that is deep within us, and whilst many of us have some different understandings of how love may look, deep down we know that love is actually inside us all. This love is the very essence of every living soul, the spark of life that nourishes and sustains us.

Love is something that everybody can feel – it’s that warm fuzzy feeling inside, that deep feeling of warmth, like being held as a baby. But yet, we cannot see it or touch it, but we know that it is there; we know that it exists, even if we are not always aware of its presence.

If love is one thing we can’t live without, why are we then so afraid of it in medicine – a field that sustains life?

Doctors seldom use the word love at work – it certainly isn’t in any medical textbooks – and doctors are never openly encouraged to love themselves, which is odd when you think about it as in order to love and care for another, we must first love ourselves.

Yet despite there being no chapters or lectures on love in medical training, it seems that some of the best medicine for good health actually comes from love and not from conventional medicine alone. Many research studies show that when we have love in our lives, we get sick less frequently and recover more quickly when we do.

Love is a vital component for the health of our heart, body, mind and being.

Did you know that our thoughts and emotions cause the release of hundreds of chemicals and hormones that create positive and negative effects within the body, and that our thoughts and emotions dictate how our body reacts and responds to life?

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Building love in our life

Presenting the development of love in our lives and how saying ‘yes’ to self-love leads to establishing love which leads to foundational love and from there an ever deepening process.

When we choose to be more caring, gentle, tender and loving with our thoughts and actions – from the way we treat our body, to the foods we eat and our interactions with others – the more we are saying ‘Yes’ to Love and hence the more love we have in our body.

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How love really works

True love is a livingness and a way of being with ourselves. All we need to do is to let our guard down and we are love and then everything we do is from love.

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