“The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them;
there ought to be as many for love.”
~ Margaret Atwood
Love is Bigger Than Romance
Don’t get me wrong. Romance is wonderful, but it’s hardly the only experience worth celebrating. Love is vast, infinite, forgiving, healing, bliss-inducing, comforting, soul-awakening, soothing, energizing, deepening, absolutely beautiful, and open to everyone regardless of relationship status. If you’ve ever felt “less than” on February 14th because you didn’t have a “valentine”, or were in an unhappy relationship, than this post is for you.
Let’s celebrate love in all its forms: familial love, deep friendship, romantic love, universal love, spiritual connection, empathy, love for the stranger, our bond with animals, tough love, love of nature, and most importantly self-love. Why do I say “most importantly” for that last one? Because if we don’t truly love ourselves, it’s very hard to love anyone else, and it’s also hard to heal. When you have an autoimmune disease, the medical establishment likes to tell you that your body is attacking you, setting up a war mentality with your own body. I have another point of view. My body is not my enemy. Rather, my body is doing everything within its power to heal, and if I do the same, that’s the most powerful loving relationship of all.
This recipe is worthy of celebration, and while it’s the classic Valentine’s Day colors, it’s delicious year-round, so feel free to make it any time you want to give yourself, or someone else you love, a gift.
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