Bitten by the "Love Bug"

What happens when we are bitten by the love bug?

Introduction

I was inspired by reading a passage about falling in love from Thomas Moore's book, Care of the Soul. The following piece is what I wrote in response to the passage.

Where Does the Soul Go When the Heart Falls in Love?

The divine frenzy of falling for another can seem like a fatal attraction in that we lose ourselves, or lose track of who we think we are. Part of the fabric of who we are becomes frayed and tattered, ready to be woven into the fabric of the person we are attracted to - the person who could be our soulmate. All we know is that we are not the same after meeting with this person, our heart begins to beat more quickly when that person is with us. We begin to wonder how we ever thought we were whole before that person became part of our lives. They have opened up the world to us as a type of paradise. We are lost...or saved...and do not want to ever leave this place.

My Soulmate

A photo of my husband Edward, taken by our daughter in the "Orangerie" at Tower Hill Botanical Garden.
A photo of my husband Edward, taken by our daughter in the "Orangerie" at Tower Hill Botanical Garden. | Source
Garden by the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport Maine
Garden by the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport Maine | Source

Dancing in Labyrinths and Parks

Invitation to dance in the labyrinth
Invitation to dance in the labyrinth | Source
A baby ladybug and a baby dragon coax a bunny
A baby ladybug and a baby dragon coax a bunny | Source

A Dance

The interweaving of our lives becomes stronger and gains momentum with the exchange of notes and gifts, and with each moment spent together in pleasurable pursuit. The divine frenzy of the laws of attraction is somewhat of a balancing act that seems easier to juggle with our lover there to catch the balls we drop. and joins in the juggle as part of a duet. Our attention is drawn from ourselves, and our altruistic tendencies are bent toward our lover, and also toward other souls who surround us in our day-to-day lives. We are lifted, somewhat like a hot air balloon, as we allow ourselves to be taken by the wind toward uncharted territory. We take a leap of faith, and a leap of imagination.

The soul of a child is full of spontaneity ~

Source

A Tapestry

The object of our passions gives us a new perspective on ourselves, and perhaps we feel the freedom to finally step away from a long-held, even clung-to, persona. This could be because the fabric of the our lover's being matches our own - complements ours. We are drawn to that person because he or she is already on the road to where we are meant to be going, and takes our hand with confidence. Our soul mate accepts us for who we are as an individual spirit worthy of respect. As a result, we become re-enchanted with our everyday lives.

A place to sit and listen to the wisdom of the natural world

A bench down a grassy  lane
A bench down a grassy lane | Source

A Peace Garden

Does that person we are in love with mirror an unknown part of our psyche, the part of us that desires release from old habits and old ways of thinking? Does this "soulmate" tug at the door to our better selves? Yes! Our true lover doesn't give up, but remains by our side with patience and fortitude, pushing us like fledglings out of our nest of comfort. We are lifted toward the sky, where we can soar above the treetops, and above the clouds. Or, our lover beckons us down a footpath that leads to some fragrant garden of delight, a quiet place for spending time away from time. Yes, to touch divinity with another is to touch fresh energy that springs forth from a divine chemical reaction. This divinity knows not time the way the conscious, logical, mechanical world knows it. This form of divinity forms the garden of paradise all over again from the creative spark of lovers.

Laughing Spirits full of Love

Seafarer Mama, "Fool for Love"
Seafarer Mama, "Fool for Love" | Source
The fun never ends!
The fun never ends! | Source

Divine Spirits Laugh with Us

Divine mirth gives way to divine laughter. Only in freedom can we laugh out loud together. The lover is a source of freedom if s/he is the right person for us. Only those weighed down by hopelessness cannot smile nor laugh. In our "soulmate" we find hope and strength to change, to grow, and to create our lives anew.

In letting go of our outward personas, we become real. We allow ourselves to make mistakes, to be the humans that we are, because we feel safe doing this. Humans are playful creatures, so when we let go we find it more easy to laugh, especially at ourselves.

In the safety of the harbor of human love, we can play with ideas, and decide if we want to make them part of our reality or not. We can look at things that could feel scary, and with our loved ones we can laugh at the absurdity of the events in our day-to-day lives. My daughter loves to use puppets for this purpose. My husband often obliges, and they often make up scenarios that I can join in on while I am cooking dinner.

An Unforgettable Ride

Falling in love is a one-way ticket to an unknown destination...one at which we are happy to shrug our shoulders and board the train toward this wonder-filled place, full of fun and carefree giddiness, then taken to a new level by the emergence of children.

Yes, children are the gifts that lovers give to each other. A new state of wonder never imagined before is the reward for bringing new life, fresh creation, into the world.

The New dimension called "Parenthood"

Author and daughter on a pier in Boston
Author and daughter on a pier in Boston | Source
What's not to love about popcorn and cocoa?
What's not to love about popcorn and cocoa? | Source

© 2012 Karen Szklany Gault

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Eliminate Cancer 4 years ago from Massachusetts

This is lovely!! I have two children, and they are a true gift, one wonderful outcome of an unhealthy marriage. My challenge now is when your new lover has children - we don't all fall in love - you have to tread slowly, respectfully, like your garden - appreciate everyone for their differences... learn to love them all.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Thank you for your kind words and fresh perspective. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Blessings to you for your new adventures along life's journey. :0)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Only one word needed here; beautiful!!!!

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Thank you, Eddy - for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging response to this hub. Happy that you enjoyed it. I hope that you are having a lovely day, too!

Namaste,

Karen


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Bravo, my new friend, for capturing the essence of a new--and eternal--love. I like your writing style and look forward to reading more of your wonderful work. I'm especially interested in finding and reading that hub about writing the book. I am in kind of a rush right now, en route to taking my lovely wife for a walk, but I do want to read and savor more of your literary flowers. Aloha and mahalo for a great read this afternoon!

Joe


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thanks, Joe (Odysseus)! Glad that my writing has brought cheer to you, like flowers, and hope that you and your wife enjoyed a lovely walk. :0) Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by to leave your thoughts. Here is the link to the hub about writing a book:

http://hubpages.com/literature/The-Adventure-Calle...

Aloha!

Karen

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