FAITH IN LOVE

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The word FAITH is described in the dictionary as “Belief or trust – a belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.” Trusting in the unknown can be scary but if you think about it we put our faith in ordinary things everyday – we have faith that our car will start when we turn the key, we have faith the light will go on when we flip the switch, we have faith that water will come out when we turn on the fawcett.

So why has it been so difficult for so many of us to have faith in GREAT LOVE? Could it just be that we don’t expect it to be there. That our past experiences have influenced our present. What if we just made a conscious decision and intention to release all our doubts around LOVE once and for all. Wouldn’t it be amazing not to give another thought about having true love in your life but simply having faith that it will show up. And for some of us, trusting that it already has.

My picture this week comes along with a news story I simply had to share…

Soulmates

Soulmates died 10 minutes apart after a “lifetime of love.” According to Yahoo! News, Harry and Mavis Stevenson died within 10 minutes of each other after a 65-year-long romance. The English couple had been living together at the St. Werburgh’s House Care Home in Derby after Mavis fell ill. Harry couldn’t stand being apart from her, so he moved into the home too.

“The Stevensons’ family was not surprised when Mavis passed away on Nov. 3 at 89 but was shocked when her 88-year-old husband — who was in good health — shed a few tears and died by her side just minutes later,” reports Yahoo! News.

The soulmates died 10 minutes apart after spending their lives together, even when they weren’t physically together. Mavis waited for Harry’s return from World War II, and the two were reunited after he fought in the battle of Normandy on D-Day, and they got married shortly thereafter. Family members say that it was Mavis’ love that pulled Harry through the tough times overseas.

“Their love lasted and they were devoted to each other. I can imagine them being together now, after their death, side by side. Their romance and their love kept them together during those years. When there is absence, then the heart grows stronger,” said Mavis and Harry’s nephew, Stephen Cresswell, 63.

According to WTVR, Cresswell said that the way his aunt and uncle passed away made sense, and was for the best. Although it is sad, this happened for a reason, and it truly was the “perfect ending” for the couple.

“They would not have wanted to live without each other, so I think it was the perfect ending,” Cresswell said.

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How can you create more togetherness with the person you love this week? Just take one step in faith.

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“He knew that I LOVE YOU also means I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYONE LOVES YOU, OR HAS LOVED YOU, OR WILL LOVE YOU.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

BALANCING LOVE

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The term balance is defined as a state in which a body or object remains reasonably steady in a particular position. When I think about how to CREATE GREAT LOVE in my life the term BALANCE is always a part of that equation. I choose a balanced relationship. This can refer to so many aspects. A balance of time spent together and time spent apart. A balance of an equal partnership where both people are giving of themselves in equal amounts. A balance of sharing in each other’s life. A balance of talking verses listening. A balance of communicating and just being. The list goes on.

I understand it is not always 100% balanced in every relationship. However, if both people involved are conscious and aware when things begin to get out of balance, and make a choice to course correct at that time and bring things back into alignment, the result will always be more GREAT LOVE.

It feels good to have a balanced relationship. It feels easy and flowing. It feels comfortable and sure.

We all have full lives and we can at times get distracted. It is important though to pay attention and do the very best you can to create balance in your relationship. It shows your partner that you are willing to be flexible and move things around. It gives you the feeling of stability and certainty when things are in balance. When a sense of balance is the solid foundation for your relationship extraordinary LOVE can flourish and grow.

I encourage you this week to focus on creating more BALANCE.

My picture this week was literally a big sparking and rotating disco ball style heart that flashed to me as I drove past a store in North Hollywood. There is no flashier ‘sign’ of Love than this one!…..

LoveMirrorBallSign

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“When you’re comfortable with someone you love, the silence is the best.” – Britney Spears

PATIENT LOVE

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One of the most popular quotes of all time about LOVE is from the bible in Corinthians 13:4-7 which begins with “Love is patient, love is kind…” I find it so very interesting that the very first word used to describe love in this well known verse is the word patient. When I look up the word patient in the dictionary this is what I found – “able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious”.

I was born in the month of May and my horoscope is Taurus. One of the character traits we are known for, is lack of patience. Over the years, I can see my own growth in this area. In the past I used to just cut people out if they weren’t giving me what I wanted. It took some maturing for me to realize I was really just cutting myself off from some wonderful experiences and if I just allowed others to be who they are, I would see a different result. Sometimes that is really rather difficult especially when you can see things in others that they are unable to see for themselves. I am learning to have patience. It’s like a muscle and with practice we can develop it and it becomes stronger over time. I have realized when we have patience it helps us to grow.

I feel in today’s society, as a whole, there is a tendency to discard people and relationships much too quickly. If a challenge arises, I agree that it would be nice sometimes to just walk away and not have to deal with it. However, in order to CREATE GREAT LOVE in our life I am certain that having patience is a key ingredient.

I encourage you to practice some patience this week. You know in your heart when something is worth waiting for.

My picture this week is a bracelet I saw in a store and bought for myself. Now every time I look at my wrist I am reminded simply to LOVE.

Love Braclet

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“Love is a taste of paradise.” – Sholem Aleichem

VILLAGE OF LOVE

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Sometimes, in order to CREATE GREAT LOVE, it takes a village. What I mean by that is we often have different perspectives. Sometimes couples see things differently which is why we are all individuals but when challenges arise sometimes you need to talk to a friend outside of the relationship to help you see a different view.

I have good friends who are great at doing different things with me. Some are great to go to the movies with, some are perfect to shop with, others are great at seeing the truth when I am unable to do so for myself.

In order to be a balanced person and lead a balanced life we need our full range of friends at different times. All are equally important, and all are there for you if you need them. I have come to understand it’s important to call on the right friend for the right assistance. Especially when it comes to help with a challenge in your relationship.

We want a friend who will not judge us. We want a friend who will listen and offer really good advice. We want a friend who will be encouraging and positive and after we have finished talking to them we feel so much better. We feel relief and we feel uplifted.

This week’s blog is dedicated to my amazing, sweet, wonderful friends who mean the world to me. I could not imagine my life without them. You know who you are! And I love you very much!

My picture this week comes from a lovely co-worker who wore these fabulous earings and in doing so reminded us all in a big way that LOVE can show up anywhere and anytime.

Silverheart Earing

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.” – Touched By An Angel by Maya Angelou

SURRENDER TO LOVE

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Sometimes you feel like you’ve tried everything. Sometimes you have given it your all. What do you do when challenge arrives? YOU SURRENDER IT ALL. I used to think that surrendering was like giving up but it’s not the same at all. Surrendering means releasing the need to control the situation. Surrender means allowing a force and a power greater than you to take care of everything. Surrender means not trying to figure out the solution. Surrender means having faith that somehow it will all work itself out, even if I don’t know exactly how that will happen. Surrendering is very powerful and a tool that so many of us need to use more often in our lives. It is a sign of strength to be able to say “I don’t have the answer right now, so I’m going to just let it be for the time being”. Somehow by doing this it frees up the energy for a miraculous solution to appear. Often it is one you would never have thought of. Once you have surrendered the situation it is important not to dwell on it. Take your focus off it for a while and place your attention on something else that is more pleasurable to you for the time being.

We have all heard that LOVE is the greatest power in the Universe and I know that where there is GREAT LOVE there are also miracles. It is truly a miracle to be given the opportunity to experience GREAT LOVE. It is a miracle to hold the hand of your beloved and feel like you are home. It is a miracle to spend time with the person you love, seeing them smile, hearing them laugh and just sharing with each other. It is a miracle simply to just be in each other’s presence.

This week I encourage you to take a deep breath and just surrender it all. It actually feels really good to just let go and relax, trusting and knowing that everything is being taken care of.

My picture this week was literally served to me at one of my favorite Mediterranean restaurants. I have been going there for several years but this was a first…

Chicken Skewer Heart

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“You don’t have to have life—or relationships—completely figured out to know that you love someone”. – Ben Mathis-Lilley writer for “Slate Magazine”.

SWEETNESS OF LOVE

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I confess I have a sweet tooth! What does that term really mean? For me it means I am so much more interested in dessert than the main course and if it includes chocolate well that just makes me extra happy! I have mostly given up processed sugar so I find other healthier ways to incorporate my version of a sweet treat.

Now when it comes to LOVE there truly is nothing sweeter!! The sweetness of a text that says “Good Morning my Sweet Love”! The sweetness of BIG hug that just swallows you up! The sweetness of a passion filled kiss from your LOVE when they return home after being away! The sweet sound of their voice on the other end of the phone. And let us not forget the deliciousness of making sweet Love…mmmmm!!!

It would seem to me that the word LOVE and the word SWEET go together in our vocabulary more often than I ever realized. When I look up the word SWEET in the dictionary this is what I discovered – It means: Loveable, Kind, Pleasant, Satisfying, Enjoyable, Rewarding, Pleasing, Appealing, Attractive, Delightful, Adorable, Loveable & Charming. Sounds to me like I just described the perfect LOVE!

I truly believe there is a reason why we refer to our beloved as our SWEETHEART. (That word puts such a huge smile on my face) Because GREAT LOVE is SWEET. It is one of the most DIVINE AND DELICIOUS parts of being alive. It is essential to our well being and it is to be nurtured and cherished.

My picture this week is an adorable reminder that love truly is sooooo sweet!!!!

Lollipops

I encourage you to take some time this week to do something sweet for someone you LOVE.

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“The sweetest feeling in all the world is simply being with the one you love.” – Samantha Rosen

COMMUNICATING LOVE

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Communication is defined in the dictionary in several terms:
1. Exchange of information
2. Convey feelings or thoughts
3. Understand one another

We often have individual and different styles of communication and one of the biggest challenges people say is “I don’t understand him/her”. Also many people cannot bear any form of confrontation and would rather hide how they feel just to ‘keep the peace’ but it does not have to be that way. Oftentimes it is just different perspectives.

Communication is actually quite easy when it comes to CREATING GREAT LOVE if you keep in mind the following:

* Being present and listening to what your partner is saying is so very important
* Speaking your truth (this sometimes requires us to step outside our comfort zone to be bold and brave)
* Being open and not defensive to what they have to say
* Allowing your partner the space to express how they feel
* Having calm and peaceful discussions and clearing the air
* Honest, transparent questions and answers

Communicating in this way will create the space for a much deeper loving bond and I guarantee you will feel relief.

This week I encourage you to explore some of the different ways of communicating I have outlined above and see the difference it makes in your relationships.

My picture this week was sitting in the store window in Frankfurt, Germany…It’s what we all want…

German Love Pillow

Love heaps
Samantha xo

Quote:
“To Love someone deeply gives you strength.” – Lao Tzu

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