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.
The practice of love, says bell hooks, is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination. She traces her thirty-year meditation on love, power, and Buddhism, and concludes it is only love that transforms our personal relationships and heals the wounds of oppression.