SPONTANEOUS LOVE

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Sometimes life can become routine and we can get stuck in a rut.  That is why I have always chosen to purposely be spontaneous as often as possible.

I Love having new adventures and experiencing wonderful new things!  It’s so important to allow yourself to be spontaneous  whether that means something small like driving a different way to work or being more courageous and packing your bags, heading out for a last minute weekend getaway.

These acts of spontaneity are definitely a way to Creat Great Love.  It keeps things fun, fresh, alive and interesting.

I encourage you this week to do something spontaneous that feels right to you.  I guarantee you’ll be so very glad you did!

My picture this week……

Within an hour my bags were packed and I was headed to Las Vegas with my sweetheart for the weekend!  So much fun!!!! (This picture was taken at the Fred Segal store in SLS Casino)

Love heaps

Samantha xo

Quote:

“Your Love is the greatest gift of all!”

– Jim Brickman

HEARTFELT LOVE

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There is nothing sweeter or more wonderful in this whole world than pure, true heartfelt Love for another being.  Seeing and watching the person you love stepping into their greatness; that is heartfelt Love.  Feeling so proud of who they are and what they do, observing that brings so much joy and pleasure.  Also knowing they are proud of you makes everything better.  We all need a champion in our corner.  Someone who is there for us, who cheers us on, who believes in us and has faith in us.

Heartfelt Love also means following your own heart, being open to Great Love, willingly giving and receiving Love, sharing Love and the wonderful experiences it brings.  Being willing to delve deeper into the delicious parts of Love, the exquisite moments of Love that only come when you are no longer afraid of what Great Love can be in your life.

I think that the majority of us have grown up in societies that tell us to listen to the practical thoughts in our head, when truly we all need to be listening to our hearts.  Our heart will never lead us astray.  What we think and feel with our heart is the purest connection to the magic of the Universe that we have on this earth.  We just get to choose whether or not we listen to it.

I encourage you this week to listen to your heart more, rather than your head.  The heart always knows the truth.

My picture this week was taken in the Nordstrom department store.  It is the perfect reminder.  Imagine what life would be like if we all lived this way following our heart ……. truly magnificent!!

Follow your heart

Love heaps

Samantha xo

Quote:

“Love is the foundation you can always count on.”

– John-Roger, D.D.S.

RECEIVING LOVE

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For some people it’s easy to give Love but they have a much more challenging time receiving Love.  For others they have no problem receiving Love but allow things to get in the way of giving Love.  It’s important to be aware of your own give and take around the topic of Love.  I do my best to create a balance.

I know of some people who keep a tally, they keep score.  That is not real Love.  With Great Love you simply give Love because you want to, because it makes you feel so good.  And the easiest way to receive Love is just to be open without expectations as to how or when Love will show up.  I received the best and most wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise yesterday because I did not have any expectations for the day and what it should look like.  I was just open to allowing the day to unfold and it was better than I could have ever imagined!  I still have a huge smile on my face!!!

It’s important to make space for Love in your life.  It’s important to open your heart to receive Love.  In order to do that some level of vulnerability needs to be present.  We must allow ourselves to be Loved.  When we shut down or close off and put up an emotional wall, nothing can penetrate that.  If it happens to you, you may choose to ask yourself what am I afraid of?  And is this fear real or imagined? If it happens to someone you Love, simply Love them anyway and allow them the space to feel safe again to come out from behind their wall.  It takes courage to remain present and open to Love.  The rewards however, are greater than you can possibly imagine.

This week I encourage you to be open to receiving Love.  Can you open your heart, even just a little bit to allow the space for Great Love to enter?

My picture this week was taken in the grocery store.  It’s so nice to have these reminders around us!  I vote for items of Love to be available to us all year round so we can give them whenever we want to, not just when the calendar says we have to.

I Love you Balloon

Love heaps

Samantha xo

Quote:

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

ADVENTURES IN LOVE

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Love is an adventure and requires us to step outside our comfort zone.  That’s something that is necessary in order to Create Great Love in our lives.  It could be something as simple as going with your partner to experience a new restaurant with different types of foods that you have never tried before because you know the person you Love will enjoy going there.  It could be travelling to a new destination somewhere you might not have originally thought of going but are willing to try because you know the person you Love will like it.

It could be a major adventure like moving to a new city or country in order to be with your beloved or even getting married or moving in together for the first time.

Love asks us to be brave in big and small ways every day.  It’s these adventures that give us the opportunity to expand our comfort zones, invite new possibilities, improve ourselves and truly add joy, fun and excitement to our lives.

This week I encourage you to take one step further outside your comfort zone.  Try it!  You might actually like it!

My picture this week is a dark chocolate truffle, an ode to the sweet richness that delights in Love can bring but you have to be adventurous enough to take a bite!

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Love heaps

Samantha xo

Quote:

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

– Henry Van Dyke (American Author, Educator, Clergyman)

HEALTHY LOVE

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There are several ingredients that go into making a healthy meal.  The same goes for creating healthy Love.  We all have our different recipes.  Some are handed down from our ancestors, some we create ourselves through trial and error.  My recipe to Create Great Love is as follows:

Communication – Speaking up and speaking your truth especially when it is difficult to do so.

Honesty – Being honest first with yourself, then with the one you Love.

Intimacy – Closeness on all levels, physical and emotional.  Taking the time to listen and to be heard.

Fun – Taking time to enjoy life together.

Trust – Keeping your word, taking action and doing what you say you will.

Being Present – Staying in the here and now. Acknowledging the moment you are in, being free from distractions.

Rest – Spending quiet time with yourself.  Taking space if you need to re-fuel.

Passion & Romance – Demonstrating your Love to another. Knowing what is important to them.

Teamwork – Supporting, nurturing and caring for each other.  Having a real partnership.

And finally all great recipes have a Secret Ingredient.  Mine is Forgiveness.  Remembering we are all doing the best we can and we all want the opportunity to Love and be Loved.

What is your recipe for Love?

My picture this week came to me while driving home from the nail salon.  It was placed on a tree outside someone’s house!

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Love heaps

Samantha xo

Quote:

“We need not think alike to love alike.”

- Ferenc David (Unitarian preacher, writer, and theologian)

APPRECIATE LOVE

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Finding Love can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Sometimes it comes all at once in big wave, sometimes it flows gently, building and deepening as time progresses and other times it is a combination of both, moving forwards and backwards and forwards once more just as the ocean laps the shore. With all of this energy moving around it is so important to take time to appreciate what you have with someone that you Love. The relationship may not look perfect and it may not be in a place where you ultimately want it to be, however, even if you have the tiniest drop of something to appreciate in the big ocean of Love you must remember to honor and be grateful for what you do have.

Appreciation sometimes requires us to have laser like focus and keep our thoughts very positive despite what is happening around us. Sometimes it requires us to ‘be the bigger person’ and to be appreciative even if there are elements that we don’t like. I have learned from the wonderful author Esther Hicks that the words ‘Love’ and ‘Appreciation’ are interchangeable and carry the same high vibration. Sometimes it’s hard to Love people when they are making choices you don’t agree with or that inadvertently cause us pain, however, it is always easy to find things that you can appreciate about them. An exercise I do often is to write a list of all the things I appreciate about a person. Once you start writing, you will find that you get on a roll and you find so much to appreciate that you never realized before. I encourage you to do this exercise as a way to CREATE GREAT LOVE in your life on a regular basis. We all truly have so much to appreciate.

This week take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for and tell the people you Love that you appreciate them.

My picture this week came to me from the window of the gift store at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. I was there seeing the magnificent Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra play the music from “Cinderella”. The picture is a confirmation to me of all the little parts of Love that add up to one big beautiful GREAT LOVE!

Window Hearts

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“She is the heart that strikes a whole octave. After her all songs are possible.”
– Ranier Maria Rilke (A Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist)

CARING LOVE

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I have recently read that we are evolving as humans in a particular way right now at this time on the planet. Alternative Healer and Coach, Elizabeth Peru, from Australia wrote that we are now evolving into humans that CARE. We are seeing demonstrations of this caring all over the world. She says “ You ask yourself, “Would I like this for myself?” You imagine what it is like for the other person and when you do this you bring it back to you…BE THE ONE WHO CARES.”

I really LOVE what she is saying because that is one of the main ingredients in creating GREAT LOVE. TO CARE. Firstly for yourself and then for another and then for the people you come in contact with each day. To LOVE and CARE for another person is truly one of the most rewarding experiences we can have. Loving your partner feels soooo good! Caring for them and knowing you have made a difference in their life is THE BEST feeling in the world! Sharing life together, moving forward together, being there for each other, telling them how you feel and knowing you will be heard is truly a gift.

If you think about it, what is it that makes us care? Is it our heart, our minds or our soul? Maybe it’s a combination of all three. I don’t profess to have the answer. I just know it feels so good to care. I also know sometimes caring can feel scary because you can’t control what happens with the receiver of that caring but I am continuing to care anyway because I know it makes us all feel really good.

I encourage you this week to find some new ways to show others that you CARE.

My picture this week came to me while I was at Target. It just makes me smile!! So Happy!!

Love Rainbow Pillow

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.”
– Emma Goldman (An anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches)

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