Learning to Love
By Isabel Galiardo
I must admit that I have always been interested in love. I have suffered from a lack of love and betrayal of love, unrequited love and the fear of losing it. I have experienced insufficient love, castrating love, dependent love, and unconditional love; love in its most diverse manifestations.
Couple disagreements, lack of self-love, lack of love from my father and the powerful love for my children have widened my heart and made it more permeable. Love has taught me, it has inspired me, it has hurt me and it has guided me.
After a life consecrated to the search for love, today I am convinced that it is the true purpose of our existence.The pain that it has caused me and the need for answers have led me to search within myself and learn about my capacity to love. Every conflict and every disappointment has allowed me to know more about my wounds, my insecurities and the lack of self love. Every encounter, and especially every disagreement, have led me to a deeper knowledge of who I am.
Planet earth is nothing but a school of love. The various experiences we go through provide us with the different scenarios in which to learn. In our life we go through all sorts of vicissitudes and challenges, ups and downs, crises and ecstasies that allow us to explore love in its most diverse manifestations. Thanks to our relationships we learn to love more and better, expanding our capacity to give and receive, widening our limits and conquering our demons. When we love we become vulnerable, we find ourselves exposed and that makes it possible for LIFE to penetrate us and teach us. Love chisels us, polishes us and purifies us.
As the poet Gibran says:
“For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.”
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