So, February 14th marks the celebration of LOVE ...
ST VALENTINES DAY!
There will be some of us getting excited, waiting for a loved one or admirer to display their undying love, with a series of gifts, celebrations and proposals. However, there will be others that believe that Valentines day is another commercial celebration, designed to make gullible people spend money unecessarily.
St Valentines Day originates from Roman times and is traditionally associated with the Cleric St Valentine. Emperor Claudius II, ordered St Valentines death when he discovered that the cleric had been performing secret wedding ceremonies. During St Valentines incarceration, the emperor wanted the cleric to change his religious beliefs, however, Valentine refused. It is believed that St Valentine was executed on 14th February 270 AD. It is also suggested that because St Valentine refused to renounce his religious beliefs, he portrayed the idea of a christian love. St Valentines Day is less likely to be associated with its religious heritage and nowadays is defined as a passionate love.
LOVE takes many forms and is culturally defined, therefore, applying a universal definition would prove impossible. Emotions such as love interest me on various levels. For instance, in my role as a counsellor, I have seen clients who were at a crossroads in their lives and questioned their love for partners. Moreover, I have seen clients who found it extremely difficult to recognise any postive attributes about themselves or others, finding it much easier to negate their existence and that of others. In short, having no love for themselves or anyone else.
The love I write of here, involves the capacity to form an emotional attachment to another - interpersonal and a positive connection towards ones self - intrapersonal. Therapy or counselling is extremely beneficial in understanding the issues that may affect you surrounding interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.
No matter what your thoughts of St Valentines Day, it is connected with the notion of love. Love does exist and it is complicated, exciting, painful, generic, specific, free, suffocating, puzzling, elevating...................
What does LOVE mean to you?