What is the difference between romantic and spiritual love?

How yoga and meditation can teach us the difference.

I will burn for you

Feel pain for you

I will twist the knife and bleed my aching heart

And tear it apart.

– “I would die for you” – Garbage

Remember these lyrics from the soundtrack to Buzz Lhurman’s Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare’s story of two young lovers united against the world is itself a wonderful portrayal of romantic love, with all its drama, passion and pain.

Romantic love can be so exhilarating, so overpowering, that it is easy to mistake it for spiritual love. But they are different, arising from distinct foundations. Put simply, romantic love comes from separation, whereas spiritual love comes from oneness. The practice of yoga and meditation are designed to bring us to this realization.

How can yoga & meditation teach spiritual love?

Have you ever felt like someone loved you for something that doesn’t really feel like “you”? Maybe they said, “you have the most gorgeous toes I have ever seen – I will love you forever!” Or, “I love you for your wonderful washing machine!”

These are silly examples, but the deeper we go into our yoga and meditation practice, the more romantic love can feel this way. Through these practices, we learn to observe our bodies, thoughts and surroundings from a space of still awareness, and as a result, let go of identification with the world of thoughts and things.

She loves you for your powerful body and gentle face, but these can change. What will love cling to then? He loves you for your taste in music, your good family, and your talents, but these things change too.

By rachel harris

Be Spiritual | Philosophy – Wisdom

How yoga and meditation can teach us the difference

I will burn for you

Feel pain for you

I will twist the knife and bleed my aching heart

And tear it apart.

– “I would die for you” – Garbage

Remember these lyrics from the soundtrack to Buzz Lhurman’s Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare’s story of two young lovers united against the world is itself a wonderful portrayal of romantic love, with all its drama, passion and pain.

Romantic love can be so exhilarating, so overpowering, that it is easy to mistake it for spiritual love. But they are different, arising from distinct foundations. Put simply, romantic love comes from separation, whereas spiritual love comes from oneness. The practice of yoga and meditation are designed to bring us to this realization.

How can yoga & meditation teach spiritual love?

Have you ever felt like someone loved you for something that doesn’t really feel like “you”? Maybe they said, “you have the most gorgeous toes I have ever seen – I will love you forever!” Or, “I love you for your wonderful washing machine!”

These are silly examples, but the deeper we go into our yoga and meditation practice, the more romantic love can feel this way. Through these practices, we learn to observe our bodies, thoughts and surroundings from a space of still awareness, and as a result, let go of identification with the world of thoughts and things.

She loves you for your powerful body and gentle face, but these can change. What will love cling to then? He loves you for your taste in music, your good family, and your talents, but these things change too.

My personality, my face, what I do, and what I have, change so much over time, and yet still, underneath it all, “I am”.

If “I” am not my thoughts, my body, or my possessions, then what is there left to love? What is there left to do the loving?

Nothing but love itself.

When this love that we are meets itself, it is called spiritual love.

What does it feel like ?

Through yoga and meditation, we may meet an open awareness that contains all our thoughts and perceptions, which itself has no age or gender, and is ever-present, always the same. When we experience this awareness, and our hearts are open, we may feel that love is what we are.

When we love in a spiritual way, we exist as an opening for love to circulate. The Sufi poet Hafiz understood this when he wrote:

I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through
listen to this music

Yoga and meditation help empty our minds and open our hearts, creating space for love to breathe.

Is spiritual love special?

Not at all! Before experiencing this love, if someone had said to me ‘I love you in a spiritual way’, I would have thought, “oh well this transcendent love must bet the real deal. We must be super special!” But it doesn’t make you or any other person special in any way.

It is true that when one opening meets another, there can be resonance. But when love-meets-love in this way, it is a recognition that ‘we are one’, as opposed to ‘you are the one’. Such resonance can shake us so much we wake up.

http://www.yogitimes.com/article/difference-between-romantic-spiritual-love-yoga-meditation-spirituality

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