How can we possibly define love? At its core, love is a deep feeling of closeness and affection, ideally unconditional and abiding. Affection for other humans, for the planet, for animals and experiences. Romantic love involving strong physical attraction is just one kind of love. Love in its essence is about opening and connecting at the heart. Through the ages, sages, mystics, philosophers, psychologists, poets, and artists of all kinds have tried to capture and express the majesty of this universal animating force.
"My heart wandered through the world constantly seeking after my cure, but the sweet and delicious water of life had to break through the granite of my heart." When the words of Rumi enter your heart, something softens, breaks, and is subtly reborn.
Episode Six: They Lived Happily Ever After. Psychologist/Theologian John Bradshaw traces human life through eight stages of psychosocial development (based on the works of Erik Erikson) focusing on the ego needs and strengths of each stage.
Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. Using research from her own lab, Barbara L. Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers.