I understand everyone falls on a different spot of the spectrum as to whether they love Valentine’s Day or loathe it. There are those who object to the consumption-driven over-commercialized aspects; and there are those folks who feel sad, judged, excluded, or any of a myriad of not-wonderful things if they aren’t happily partnered. It can be a painful time or annoying. Or perhaps you fall at the other end of the spectrum and the day utterly delights you. Or maybe it’s somewhere in between. I honor and respect all those positions.
I happen to think Valentine’s Day is fun. I love the idea of making it a celebration devoted to heart-centeredness. Taking everything that feels good about that, and eliminating everything that doesn’t feel wonderful.
You don’t have to be in a relationship – although that can be delightful. But if you’re not, there’s no need to be blue. Claim the day as your own. You have a heart. Celebrate it!
Why not devote some time and energy to loving up your heart chakra? Or make room to truly listen to the wisdom of your heart. A balanced heart is open and flowing – willing to receive back the good it gives out.
I think of Valentine’s Day as a reminder to love yourself and others with compassion and generosity. And who doesn’t want that?!
One of the things I love is making valentines to send, and infusing each one with love and blessings as I think about the person to whom it is addressed. It’s a simple thing. But it makes my heart happy.
I just discovered that this week is celebrated as Random Acts of Kindness Week; and that certainly feels in alignment with the energies and focus that feel important to me. And what a great opportunity to play in the energy streams of compassion and generosity.
If Valentine’s Day isn’t a perfect-for-you observation, maybe practicing random kindnesses will feel heart-expanding and delicious.
I think my point is, it’s truly time to claim what feels good in your own terms. Don’t put up with what isn’t heart-nourishing, but also don’t deprive yourself of something that feels joyful. We’re all unique beings. Kindness and compassion come in all flavors – pick ones you like.