Founder, Social Tours
To me, love is one of the deep emotions one feels and should not be taken lightly. We could be in love with momo (which I am), with animals, with philosophies, with authors and celebrities we do not even personally know, with the written word, with art, and with people around us – family and friends. Each is the same deep emotion, and yet, each is different. We need to be able to differentiate between them, and the difference is a matter of depth.
With experience, I can safely say that the deepest is the love we feel with the people closest to us – spouse, children, parents, partners, and friends – and this is worth digging deeper into – as this has the most impact on our lives and changes to this affects us the most.
Love is unconditional and is rooted in respect and trust. There are always ups and downs in relationships, even the closest ones, but the one constant is the respect, trust, and steady love we have for the people closest to us. I do not take love too lightly, and this is probably the closest I can get to explaining true love.
Filmmaker & Photographer
I have an understanding that the word ‘Love’ is universal, just like love itself. I am attached deeply to this thing called ‘love’ not just for my partner but as an expression of gratitude for everything in my life. I am someone who holds no emotions back, and love to express myself. Using the word itself can get us on a good track mentally and emotionally. Love is a phenomena so great, it holds the power to make this world so much better.
Product Manager, APAD Access, NY
Love can take many different forms. Whether it’s romantic, platonic, familial, or self-love, one thing is for sure, it needs to be nurtured. It cannot be taken for granted or assumed to always be present. Love must be actively cultivated and maintained through actions, words and behaviours that show care, respect and appreciation for the other person.
I wish it were as simple as “love at first sight” but it really needs to develop over time, through shared experiences and emotional connections. It requires effort and patience to build, and ideally, it’s a two-way street.
At the end of the day, love is like being wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket. It’s a feeling of being at home, at peace, and content. It’s like you don’t need anything else in the world because you have that special connection with someone that makes everything else fade away.
Swami Aatmo Neerav
Osho Disciple & International Meditation Instructor
What we know as love is not really love. Our love is always addressed towards somebody or something. Most of the time what we call love today is mere liking, infatuation or a hormonally induced emotion. Love is independent of all that. Love is a state of being and its presence in us can only be felt or acknowledged only after a certain conscious maturity. We have to evolve greatly to know real love. Real love does not depend on the outer object but is an expression, an overflowing of your inner state, of your inner core. It is a radiation of your subjectivity.
There are many interpretations of love, but the love that I am talking about is a state that is not addressed to anybody. It is free from relationships or the need of the other. This kind of love can only be experienced when one attains certain calmness, certain meditativeness, a certain maturity. It is an aftermath of meditation. A nourishing sense of warmth and goodness is born in your own being and remains with you whether you are alone or with somebody and anyone who comes in your presence can feel it and be nourished by it.
The love that we know today through our films, stories, media and society is on a very low rung, it suffers with jealousy, attachment, possessiveness and insecurities. Love today is sick and it needs the medicine of meditation. There were times when I was smitten by individuals and thought that it was love, what I experience today as love is far away from that. It is more liberating, nourishing and non-exhausting.
Tshering Finju Sherpa (Finzok)
Love is finding acceptance, it also finding kindness. Love is to be appreciated and respected for who you are. Love grows stronger when your wishes are heard, when someone walks you through your darkest times and helps you find your rays of hope. When you love someone or you are being loved, that person becomes a part of you. The touch, the voice and their thoughts stay within you and that feeling gives you immense joy and happiness. Ultimately love is also about how you feel when you are with them. If you feel good about yourself when you are with that person, rest of the things will occur naturally.
Love always starts inside yourself and if it’s pure and genuine, it will be a protective factor for you.
Love for me comes from the honesty within myself first. I think we can share love with everything in life and it doesn’t have to be metered. There might be different attachments we live with, but they are bound with love itself. I think love is a beautiful word.