First of all, I’m going to confess, right off the bat that I had absolutely no trepidation about this day. It’s not that I don’t believe in love or the even sappy, sometimes fake, oftentimes inflated romance that defines the holiday; it is more that I believe that the hype doesn’t equate to the reality of the lived experience.
Honestly, most of the people that I meet on a daily basis; married or single, gay or straight, young , older, with or without kids, almost all of them look upon this day as an obligation rather than a celebration. Forced romance or guilty gift buying; a day filled with the kind of creeping sense of doom that is so obviously not what it is supposed to be all about.
In yoga, and here’s where I get a bit pedantic, love ignites from within. Quite simply, it’s an inside job. So, the idea of needing to be on a romantic date in order to fulfill the Cupid philosophy is not only completely bogus, but not even worthy of attachment. I know, you might look at this as an oversimplified version of justifying an expanded interpretation of the designated day of love, but I prefer to perceive it as a more expanded and experienced perspective.
I had a great day today giving and receiving love. And, here’s the real kicker, I plan on having a great day tomorrow surrounded by and emanating forth a deep and abiding love and respect for the lives and experiences that cross my path and the limitless joy that pervades and infuses each and ever one of those encounters.
I went out tonight, had a great time, drank more than one pink Cosmo, relished the company of awesome people, laughed and felt the fire within me, the essence of who I am, burn a little brighter, shine forth with enthusiasm and tenderness. I’m my own woman now; capable and desiring a sense of self that encompasses me making my own choices.
I’m gracious in my gratitude for all that is tonight; unencumbered by the strict definitions of the holiday, wide-open, vulnerable, in love with the love that I feel for myself.
Such is the life of a 50 year old yogi!
Shout out to Bob and Steve and Diana. Great fun!
Big Loving Namaste!