Musings on Love


Nothing creates intimacy more than the lucid articulation of feelings from one lover to another. They say action speaks louder than words yet nothing soothes the heart more than the declaration of feeling from the mouth of our beloved. True love is created through the stutter and imperfect attempt to place our feelings into words. The struggle to remain actively open in our expression of our inner terrain is to expose the rhythms of emotion, the shifts, vague dreams, sharpened desires, imperfect thoughts that make love flourish and grow from subtle and invisible to bold and profound. Infact it is only through the courage of sharing our inner journey with a lover that our hearts expand. Silence of withdrawal breeds contraction as the heart beats to a drum of emotional pain. Love is curious to know anothers inner mind and heart. Asking questions of another is perhaps the most perfect expression there is of love. A sharing of the delicate and insignificant thoughts heal the heart and make us feel that we are not alone. Speaking and sharing the nuance of our mind and having those words heard is salve to our souls and the beginning of connection.

Saying I Love You is just the beginning of the story. It is the sensitive robustness of communication that follows that is thrashed out and tested through time that is the true sign of enduring love. True love sees the other and will step up and fight for that love. Fighting to keep that flame alive is the action and reflection of a love that comes from the inside out.


Love is as natural as breathing and as awkward in its revealing. In the RAW love is pure vulnerability. It is risking it all, fighting with a heart that is completely engaged for the beauty and power of two hearts beating for each other. It is never settling but it is reaching, stumbling towards an intimacy that is courageous and perfectly honest. Where communications is the bridge, it is the bond. Secrets shared is the ingredient of an expansive love. Silence can be misinterpreted as disengagement. Too many thoughts born in an insatiable mind that has no outlet of expression. Writing a plea to discover another mind and soul to connect.


Choosing consciously to not share our inner self is to deprive and malnourish our love. Turning our abundance of sharing to sporadic random snippets of fact on rare occasion is like rejection through deprivation. To dry up the fertile well of words and replace with non response is to contract and starve our love. Non response to a love one is a passive aggressive form of control and emotional denial and in its complexity love bombing.


True love is sustainable and rigourous. It is vigourous and active. To love is to step up, engage and actively work to keep that love fluid and fertile. To face the imperfections of our humanity and with robust sensitivity work through the issues. It is not walking away when it gets tough or retreating when it is not exciting. It is staying engaged, initiating connection when it is stormy and rocky. It is working through the ugly and harsh that we find pure beauty. It is the tenacity of compassion and intention that etches on our hearts the message that to fight for the other by articulating the words with unabashed courage that we prove the sincerity of our love. We cannot control, demand or manipulate this. It is only true if done freely from a feeling heart who hungers for true love and real connection.

© Anthea Slade 2013

Musings on Love

Anthea  Slade

Carlton North, Australia

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Four snippets brought together as reflections and musings on love. Love is the elixir of life we all want to drink. Nothing feels more alive then feeling love and nothing hurts more then when love leaves.

I wrote these four reflections and have only published the first. This time I thought I would add the other three, which explores the shadow side of love, the struggle, the loss, the breakdown and the emotional pain of losing love.

These are just philosophical thoughts and are not attached to a specific person or story. Most thoughts were inspired by watching Lark Rise to Candleford. A wonderful BBC Series.

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