I have really been feelin’ the love lately. My birthday was last week and I experienced a flood of loving thoughts and wishes from all corners of my life. It was a beautiful reminder of how love has the power to lift our moods, soothe our bodies and calm our minds.
It got me thinking about how vital giving and receiving love is to our overall wellbeing. I started researching scientific studies on the measurable effect love has on the human body. The impact negative emotions and the hormones they activate, have on our physiology is well documented. By now most of you are familiar with the damaging effects of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. But did you know that healthy love hormones, like dopamine and serotonin, are similarly triggered to flood your system when you are feeling love? The amazing thing about love is that you can choose to feel it. You are self determined in how loving you are in your relationships and in the world.
Most of you will agree that it’s easy to be loving when life is good and everything is running according to your plan. The real challenge is to be loving when you’re sitting in traffic, PMS-ing or your waiter spills the Merlot on your white blouse. When you’ve had a stressful hour, day or week, can you still walk in love? That is the question and I believe the answer is, YES. That is why I am inviting you to …
This week I encourage you to spread love in every step for the next seven days. Smile at a stranger, pay for someone’s coffee, and most definitely send love to the person who cuts you off in traffic. It can be as simple as closing your eyes, connecting with your heart and consciously sending love to someone else. You can also send love through a compassion meditation, through your prayers, or with a sweet note. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just that you do.
You may find some moments of living love in every step, easy and rewarding, and others, frustrating or challenging. Consider it an experiment to question the status quo and step outside of your comfort zone. Remember, the rewards of continually coming from a place of love are for you and for all of us.
I am so excited about this adventure! If you decide to join me, (and I hope you do!) please use the hashtag #LoveinEveryStep to share your experiences on FaceBook and Twitter. Tell us how you’ve spread love in every step and how you feel as a result. Also make sure to leave a comment below throughout the challenge if you need support, or just want to brag a little. I look forward to hearing from you. As always, take care of you!
Love Love Love
*image courtesy of Kim Villanueva