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Amidst the fear and chaos that often attaches itself to any holiday, I wish you love. In between the ruminations over finding the perfect gift/person/event, I hope you find peace.

It’s not just about storybook romance, flowers, and candy hearts. It’s about our ability to love.

In The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Live You Have author Mark Nepo stunningly depicts love this way:

“at first sight, we find love; at our first true seeing, the love that is already there touches us…I can work across from the same person for years, and one day, because my own suffering has opened me more fully than I can remember and because the light floods that person’s face, I can for the first time truly see who they are and feel love for them. I can walk by the same willow, season after season, and one day, because of the sheen of after-rain and the lowness of the wind, I can truly see the willow like never before, and feel love for the willow in all of us.”

Let it be a reminder that love comes in many forms and while it’s ignited by experiences we have externally, it always starts from within.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

{Willow tree art by Jenndalyn}

{Willow tree art by Jenndalyn}

A Simple Guide to Helping a Suicidal Person
(Channel N) – In four minutes you can learn the vital skills required to help a person who is suicidal. Watch it and you could save someone’s life.

Valentine’s Day: Can People with Bipolar Disorder Have Healthy Relationships?
(Mental Health Humor) – Chato shares a little humor with his personal story of love and bipolar disorder. Is it possible to have a healthy relationship when you’re living with bipolar? The challenges and obstacles you may face when there’s mental illness between you and your relationship.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
(Mental Health Awareness) – Not getting adequate rest can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health. Here are 10 tips to help you sleep better tonight.

Bipolar Love
(Being Beautifully Bipolar) – If you’ve ever thought love wasn’t in the cards for you because of an illness, read this. Elaina shares what it’s like to be beautifully bipolar and in love.

Enhancing Intimacy: The Art of Listening
(Cultivating Contentment & Happiness) – What’s the best gift you can give someone you love? Here are 10 tips to be a more effective listener.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Feb 2014
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2014). Best of Our Blogs: February 14, 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 1, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/02/14/best-of-our-blogs-february-14-2014/

 

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