Love is what connects us to other human beings and all of life. Even though we are not separate from the spiritual consciousness that permeates our physical universe, many of us feel disconnected when people do not understand us, do not feel the way we feel, or do not see things the way we see them. Even communicating with others can be difficult when they seem to have totally different perspectives. Yet, despite these challenges, we still have a strong, innate need to connect with others and feel a sense of belonging.
Interestingly, science supports the widely accepted premise that we love instinctually. Brené Brown, in The Gifts of Imperfection, found that “a deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women and children.” Her research suggests that there is one aspect separating those in her study who felt a deep sense of love and connection from those who struggled to find it: whether or not they felt worthy of love.
To thrive in this physical universe, we must have a foundation of love and connection and extend ourselves for the purpose of supporting our own and another’s spiritual growth. We have all experienced moments of extending ourselves in love and friendship to people we care about. For example, while working with others on a creative project, we may have gone beyond our physical involvement to support the effort through the mutual energy of love. In this capacity, we operate as a complete power source and take full responsibility for contributing one hundred percent of our energy. As an energetic team, we produce a synergistic integration of our energies that results in additional power. Like compound interest, this foundation of love is built not only on 100 percent of each person’s energy but on our combined energies as well.
Individuals who have shared such energy know that nothing is more important than engaging in something with those you love. Meraki is a Greek word often used to describe what happens when you leave your energetic signature—your soul, creativity, or love in your work. It inspires having a passion for what you do every day, and feeling connected with everyone who shares the experience with you. This energetic exchange of love is key to nurturing your creativity, fostering your spiritual growth, and enhancing your life.
When you enjoy doing something that you put your heart and soul into, love and joy follows. Above all, the gracious being of your soul shines through and it manifests as love into the world.