HOW TO LOVE… Love is in the air, so breathe

It was a beautiful morning. The newly-awakened sun was starting to radiate and light up the sky. I was taking a meditative stroll along the ocean and empty beach. What a luxurious way to start the day! The waves and sun massaged my feet and body. I engrossed myself in my favorite grounding meditation, luxuriating in solitude.

Suddenly, somebody grabbed me from behind, around the shoulders. I fell on the sand and raised my hands in anticipation of a further attack. Nothing could have prepared me for the unexpected! My headphones yanked out. In front of me was the happiest, most loving, joyful pair of eyes. Instantaneously, I felt love. I stood up and laughed once again, feeling that same weight on my shoulders. Then, just above my eye level, was the head of a giant dog. His soulful eyes were staring into mine. This huge (most charming) animal stood on his hind legs with the front paws on my shoulders. He was taller than me. I hugged him, and he started running around. Not far behind, running after him, came the mortified owner.

“I’m very sorry! Is everything ok? He was trying to play…”

I laughed seeing the guy’s embarrassed face.

“It’s ok. He’s a friendly sweetheart.”

“Yes, he normally plays with the other dogs, but I started taking him out earlier since people on the beach have a problem with big dogs. He’s bored. Now, I try to come here before there is a crowd since he’s too big.”

I looked at the poor, lonely creature, so starved for affection that he would ambush an unsuspecting stranger. What a wonderful soul misjudged based on size. The oversized creature attempted to jump and lick me. Again, I felt a wave of love and compassion.
This moment of affection was clear proof that both people and animals respond to each other’s energy and emotions.

The type of vibrations and emotions that we choose to radiate will determine and make our future. The universe responds in kind. Today’s reality and relationships are the direct manifestations of yesterday’s energetic vibrations. We make our future.
For the longest time, I thought of myself as a very emotional person. I wouldn’t get angry but could get upset and teary-eyed. Today was the day I realized that our emotions and feelings are not necessarily reality but instead encoded signs of memories and choices (messages from our higher self). Our emotions are a gift and an alarm set off by our higher self and received by our human mind. This alarm tells us when to pay attention. In essence, emotions are energetic messages meant only in our best interest. This is why it’s wise to experience emotions fully (and not run away) but not necessarily act or dwell on them. If we don’t like the emotional experience, we must replace it with a more favorable emotion. These messages transmit between our higher self, guides, our mind, and between fellow humans and creatures. Every energetic vibration affects the universe and us. This reciprocal relationship is why choosing the emotions that we wish to hang on to and cultivate is essential. In this way, we affect the world around us.

To attract love and positivity, you have to feel it (create it within yourself) and nurture it. We have to recall the feeling of love to attract more of it. If instead, we feel fear and confusion, all sorts of bad things can happen because fear attracts more fear and stress. These energetic vibrations eventually start forming our realities. Negative vibrations attract negativity; positive vibrations attract positivity. Positive emotions include love, courage, gratitude, joy, and anything that feels bubbly and effervescent. Negative emotions can manifest as anger, guilt, shame, or fear. We can pay attention to feelings as a message, but we can let go rather than dwell in these energies. In this way, we choose how we create our reality.

Sometimes it’s better to speak less and listen to the nurturing energies inside of us. These chosen energies are the building blocks of what we put out into the universe. We have to love ourselves because self-love teaches us genuine compassion. Sometimes we get it “backward” when our love for someone or an animal models how to love ourselves. Regardless of how we go about it or what stage we are at, there is no right or wrong. Once we radiate love, the universe will respond in kind.

This fundamental encounter truly taught me a great deal! Firstly, I have two takeaways: love will always attract more love if we eradicate fear and nurture compassion. The universe consists of love, and there is plenty to go around for everyone! You never know when you might meet a friend (even of the canine species)! Secondly, stay safe and never wear noise-isolating headphones when walking alone.

From those who don’t seek forgiveness,
don’t run.
From those who seek to hurt, before they’re hurt,
don’t walk away.
From all who bully,
don’t turn away.
For all those who are oblivious,
have compassion.

Separation is an illusion,
as we are all part of one divine energy.
For to truly turn away would mean to turn away from oneself.

Just be. Let others come and go as they please.
Send love from inside out.
Don’t judge
Don’t run.
Just be.


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