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Love is a boundless force that manifests in various forms, each carrying its own unique beauty and significance. 

Let’s explore and celebrate the essence of love in all its dimensions, from the spiritual and platonic to the romantic and self-love.

Each is important to foster in our lives.

Embracing Spiritual Love

At the core of spiritual love lies a profound connection to the universe or your higher power and the recognition of our connection with all living beings. 

For some people, this looks like practicing an organized religion. Whatever denomination feels good to you can have a positive impact on your life. Just remember that you have value and you can experience spiritual love in religion without sacrificing aspects of yourself in the process.

For others, spirituality is more individualized. It’s about transcending the ego and embracing the inherent divinity within ourselves and others.

Both paths can help us foster compassion, empathy, and kindness. They can also give us a sense of who we are in the vast expanse of all that is. Some research suggests that religion and spirituality can have a beneficial effect on mental health.

Nurturing Platonic Connections

Platonic love, often overlooked in a world focused on romantic relationships, plays a crucial role in our lives. It’s the bond we share with friends, family, and even strangers, rooted in mutual respect, trust, and support. Cultivating meaningful platonic connections enriches our lives and provides us with a sense of belonging and companionship.

People experience love in many different ways, however. If you’re aromantic or asexual, platonic relationships may play a greater role in what love looks like for you. 

On the other hand, if you aren’t a particularly social person, you may find meaning in other ways. Self-love and passion for hobbies and pursuits you can do alone are just as valid!

Explore everything about platonic love here at the BetterHelp blog. 

Neither is right or wrong.

Celebrating Romantic Love

Romantic love ignites passion, intimacy, and companionship, creating deep emotional bonds between partners. Whether it’s the flutter of butterflies in the stomach or the comfort of knowing there’s someone by your side, romantic love brings joy, fulfillment, and growth to our lives.

Not everyone participates in or enjoys romantic love and that’s perfectly normal! There are so many ways to feel and share love that you don’t have to choose one. What others are doing doesn’t have to apply to you- you can forge your own path!

Honoring Self-Love and Self-Concept

Self-love is the foundation of all other forms of love, requiring us to embrace our worthiness and cultivate compassion for ourselves. It’s about recognizing our strengths, accepting our flaws, and prioritizing our well-being, both mentally and physically. 

This is the kind of love everyone deserves. Regardless of your past, background, or interest in friends or romantic partners, you can love yourself.

Developing a positive self-concept empowers us to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and authenticity.

Not everyone has access to self-love naturally. So many things can impact our feelings of worthiness and self-concept. So, if you’re wishing you felt more love for yourself, therapy might be a great step.

Connecting with the Highest Self

The concept of the “highest self” encompasses our true essence, free from egoic attachments and conditioned beliefs. 

Aligning with our highest self allows us to tap into the purest form of love energy, radiating love and light into the world and fostering harmonious relationships with ourselves and others.

Anytime you feel love, you might enjoy thinking that you’re right in sync with the highest version of you. That feels pretty amazing.

Love Is Everywhere When We Know How To Look

Love, in its myriad forms, is the essence of our existence, guiding us on a journey of connection, growth, and transformation. By embracing spiritual, platonic, romantic, and self-love, we cultivate a life filled with meaning, purpose, and joy.

I hope you give and receive love today.