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!

About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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