Love is Not a Noun

Post-Institute-love-is-not-a-noun
 
Love is not a noun. Love is not a feeling. Love is a verb. Act on it. Love is the ribbon that ties patience, empathy, acceptance, compassion, encouragement, forgiveness, and understanding all together. Consider that if you don’t “act” like you love your child, you are not really loving your child. I am not saying that you don’t love your child. It does take more than “of course I love my child”. It takes loving your child.
 
Yet even more than this, it is not just what you do, but the way you do it. Just as what you say is not as important as how you say it, and what you are feeling at the time you say that gives the meaning to your child. When call out your child’s name, does it come across as “I love you”? And what is your facial expression? Loving? For many of us, this is indeed a challenge with our special attachment challenged children. It can be done. Make it your practice this week and see what happens.