The 4 directions of love, light up your frontal lobe with Agape!

"The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere They're in each other all along."~Rumi

There are 4 kinds of love, how do these relate to you?

EROS (physical) is the Greek word for romantic, love The physical love. Eros is the passionate feeling of romantic attraction. It is also associated with infatuation and lust. That's why we say a man and a woman "fall in love." Eros ("being in love") usually just happens.   It's when "...the two ...become ONE. Eros is the Greek god of love, Cupid the winged angel with a bow and arrow.

PHILEO (emotional) is the emotional love between good friends, and the the love that causes you to have tender affection toward your mate. Phileo is also called "platonic" love. Phileo is a chosen love, because we choose whom we will befriend.  Phileo is brotherly love. Its embodiment is more on an emotional level not so much physical. Its the love that offers emotional support, and concern for one another.

STORGE (spiritual) is the Greek word for the love between family members, a deeper spiritual love. Storge is most clearly evident in the love of parents for their children. Most parents are so devoted to their children's welfare that they are willing to sacrifice and do most anything, even unto death, for the sake their children. Storge is a committed,  It doesn't expect too much, revives easily after quarrels, is unconditional, often overlooks the other's faults and frequently forgives.  Storge is the love where we can be comfortable and secure just being in the presence of one another. Just being together in comfortable closeness is often enough. 

AGAPE (unconditional, pure spirit) is the final and highest level of love.  Agape is unconditional in that it does not expect anything in return.   Agape takes a decision of our free will, a commitment to act for the good of another.  The agape love of God goes past the surface, enabling us to look deep into our mate's heart and love them for who God has made them to be despite their faults and shortcomings.  Agape is the type of love that all we are called to manifest in our lives by unconditional acts of goodwill and charity for others, especially the poor and disadvantaged. Agape: is a more difficult kind of love. It is the kind of love that requires something of us.  This is the kind of love that understands rescuing others, may not be of highest service to them. It's allowing free will, and loving them where they are. Understanding that their journey is set up for their specific learning, and we honor that. 

The symbolic circle that unites us all as one, casts a shadow of love.  Can we set aside judgment and understand that we are all on our own journey of discovery and growth?  Can we embrace AGAPE, and love unconditionally, embracing the shadow of love?  I believe that this concept merits a commitment to try. We may not always be perfect, but during the month of "LOVE" I think it's worth considering. 

Carpe Diem
Seize the day!

Photo-Tresa Martinale

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