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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/2/2008 3:57 PM (#8289)
Subject: Love



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I have posted a poem on the Poetry for the Soul thread ...

it evokes the wondering in me

what might our

great loves be ?
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instinctual
Posted 8/2/2008 4:02 PM (#8292 - in reply to #8289)
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What a nice post. My great loves I would have to say involve many different scenarios which manifest into a physical zing in my solar plexus, difficult to describe..they involve usually a feeling of understanding, togetherness and joy along with an unspoken connectivity. This can occur at a baseball game, in a store, gathered around my kitchen table at 3 AM when we all wake up for a gulp of milk at the same time. Those emotions are my great loves.
Thanks for posting, P
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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/2/2008 4:03 PM (#8293 - in reply to #8292)
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Thank you Lori
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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/2/2008 8:23 PM (#8309 - in reply to #8289)
Subject: RE: Love


The feeling that I want nothing, that I am totally satisfied and whole. The feeling of desire, longing. The feeling of belonging (ever elusive). The feeling of being loved as much as I love. Holding my child for the first time...I never thought I could love this much, this hard, for this long!

Sensing my purpose, knowing my soul's purpose.

Waking up happy and in a good mood. Waking up to find my plants have grown overnight!

I love the human mind, I love puzzles and secrets and discoveries.

Mostly, I just love being alive.

Cara (aka Kiddo Green)
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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/3/2008 12:53 AM (#8314 - in reply to #8289)
Subject: RE: Love


Slightly off topic, but correlary...I am not happy if I am not experiencing Love.

I amke up bed time stories for my son. One goes like this...
A boy leaves home in search of Happiness. Along the way he encounters many creatures who teach him different things:
laughter, playing, and singing
helping a stranger
quiet solitude and reminiscing, telling stories
sharing a feast with family
dreaming
falling in love
having a family
the story comes full circle when the boy returns to the place where he began and explains that Happiness is Inside and Around, Near and Far, Along and All the Way, beside you and within you. This is his riddle in the beginning and when he returns, he tells it to the next traveler looking for happiness.

I probably could present it more eloquently, but, this is the jist. I change it every time I tell it. Oral tradition so to speak.
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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/3/2008 9:27 AM (#8342 - in reply to #8314)
Subject: RE: Love



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Great story; reminds me of T S Eliot's poem Little Gidding in, i think, his The Four Quartets, where he says

"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive at the place where we started and know it for the first time"

Namaste

also, D W Winnicot said, Home is where we start from.
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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/4/2008 7:17 AM (#8408 - in reply to #8314)
Subject: RE: Love



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Dear Cara

Re-read your story; it is also a little bit like that fantastic metaphysical text by Hermann Hesse called, Siddartha - have you read it perchance ?

And another book ... sorry ... in Mister God This is Anna, by Fynn, Anna, a little girl, 4 when she is found homeless, 7 when she dies, says, when asked where is God, she says, 'in peoples' puzzles' x
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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/4/2008 8:33 AM (#8413 - in reply to #8408)
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Lovely meanings evoked, thanks ...

Ah well, better have a go at answering my own question ...

these have I loved :

... sunrises and sunsets ...

... high mountains .....

...... fresh water springs and their pools ...

........... high tides and low tides .....

................melancholy ... sometimes joy

the quiet peace of ancient stones, towers and cemeteries;

children at play time, or when an infant's hand trusts yours enough to hold it ...;

cups of hot, black tea or coffee & buttered toast on frosted winter mornings when you can see your life drifting skywards in your breath ..

autumn afternoons as they drift towards twilight with 'rings of smoke through the trees' (a line from Led Zeppelin there!)

the sky blue pink after-glow in the crack in the sky just as day is departing and before night fills it (according to the Celts, the gap between the worlds) ..

...the sweet smell of new books, and the grained, aged wisdom of old ones ..

that'll be enough for now !
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