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Healing Yourself: The Naked Truth with Joie Cheng

  Some of us go through difficult moments in our lives where we feel that the only thing left to do is count down the seconds until it is all over. We beat ourselves up along the way by having negative thoughts, forgetting to show kindness to our very own selves....

#MeTooWhatNow – Overcoming with Ed Squire

  The statistics are mindboggling. In the United States alone, there's an estimated 60 to 70 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In Canada, the estimate is 10 million. Ed Squire is a part of that statistic. As a survivor, the abuse destroyed the majority...

Life’s Challenges – Divorce, Death And Rebirth with Lisbeth Tanz

  How we are able to handle life’s challenges measure the strength of our character. Life has not been easy for Lisbeth Tanz, a nonfiction book ghostwriter, editor, and author coach, but she has managed to push through the many curveballs thrown in her way....

Overcoming Dysfunction with Angela W. Stillwell

  There is no such thing as a perfect family, not even an impeccable childhood. Some may argue that there are, but people from a dysfunctional family will totally differ. Every human being has a different past or childhood experience. Angela W. Stillwell, the...

Overcoming Life’s Challenges with Joy Idries

  When you are overcoming challenges and adversities in life, it’s either you finish strong or you come out weak. In the end, what you get are lessons that mold you and armor you for the next battle. These challenges, be they life-threatening or life-changing,...

Broken and Unbroken – Madeleine Black’s Story of Resilience

  It takes a lot of courage to find the path to resilience especially when you have gone through a very traumatic experience. Madeleine Black, an international speaker, author, and psychotherapist, shares her healing story when she chose to forgive the men who...

Getting Your Feng Shui On with Kim Julen

  There is energy in everything. For things to flow in your life, you need an environment that energetically supports it. For Kim Julen, founder of Finding Your Fiji, that is achieved through Feng Shui. She is a dynamic thought leader, speaker, and Feng Shui...

Improving Education with Dr. Aaron Smith

  Investments in children usually begin with education. That's why Dr. Aaron L. Smith, STEM and workplace readiness expert and best-selling author of Awakening Your STEM School, maintains his stand that education should be improved and has to be taken to the next...

Building Wealth And Bringing Value By Taking A Leap Of Faith with Carey Green

  Sometimes we have thoughts and ideas that we can't find the courage to take action on. This hinders us to reach our absolute potential to live our life to the fullest and limits how we impact people in the most beneficial way for them. Life coach and former...

Ashley Berges Living Life

  We sometimes take for granted what we have and live our life in fear of tomorrow. But if you are a person who understands life's uncertainties, you want to make the most out of every moment of your life. Mentor, life coach, psychologist and modern-day...

Makena Sage Lumina Life Coaching

  We always want to find where in this world do we really belong, where do we fit in with our passion and purpose in this world. Makena Sage, creator of Lumina Life – a global life coaching and retreat company, tells the story of how she had it all until she felt...

The Journey Of A McDonalds Girl with Jill Raff

  At the end of the day, business is all about serving your customers and being good at it. Jill Raff, CEO and Founder of The Jill Raff Group and an experienced customer experience strategist, shares her journey and passion for customer service as she lets us in...

meaning of love

What’s Love Got to Do With It? Man has searched for the meaning of love for as long as we have walked the face of this earth. What lies inside the human mind that requires this search for love’s definitive meaning? Writers have written about it, singers have sung about it and men and women have longed for it. So what is this deep-seated desire to attain and find the true meaning of love? I think the confusion starts with the misconception of the physical and the mental meaning of the word. Our confusion starts at the early age of puberty, I speak from my male perspective, when through visual differences we start to confuse the physical components with the mental aspects of love. Meaning this, early on in puberty the sight of the female anatomy arouses boys and I suspect in the gay community they are aroused by the sight of another male (just an assumption on my part) and probably the same for females. As the interaction between parents, individuals and society develop, we start to be bombarded with advertising and social input that equates and correlates the physical and the mental into the sexual manifestation of love. That’s where the confusion takes off as we now have a mindset with the physical, mental, and the sexualization of the word love. There is a path that the physical making of love can and often does lead to the mental aspects of love. But in my mindset the most rewarding aspect of love is when the mental is formed and developed and then leads to the ultimate consummation of lovemaking. I can only speak from my own experiences so this will get personal. I will not name names or places to protect all concerned. When I was young I was introduced to the physical aspect of sex and it was explained to me in a rather educational and informative context, not so much from the lustful carnal view. I developed the view that sex was a beautiful release of tension and stress and brought a sense of connection but still did not fulfill the need to be loved. So I learned to separate the two aspects. As my life progressed and I developed greater insights into life, marriage, children and work, the lessons I learned gave me a better understanding of the true meaning of the word love. Love is an extension of both the physical and the mental. Love is a mindset that we develop over time or in some cases never develop at all and remain carnal. We have the capacity to love on many levels. We also have the power to choose with whom and when we will share our love with others. This has all come to light for me this week after our ranch house burned down. We lost so many valuable items with precious memories attached, which can never be replaced. So many friends, both old and new, came forward with offers of help, kind words, and hope. So many people extending caring hearts when needed, no carnal attachments, just pure love at its finest. That is what I call LOVE. Love is a state of mind, a feeling we get when we connect from the heart and soul to others. We never know with whom or when it can happen, it just happens. The key is that you have to be aware and in tune to the possibilities of love and connection or love will pass by and you will never know it. So for the question, “What’s Love Got to Do With it?” my answer is everything! It is the point at which we are open to the possibilities it brings to our lives and existence, fulfilling the need for connection to the heart and soul.

I Love You All! Art