Defining Love – Part V: Conditionally Yours

Please feel free to read Parts I through IV of this series previously posted. Now that we have discussed Philos (mental) love and Eros (physical) love, it is time to move on to Agape (spiritual) love. This is the type of love we are referring to when we speak of unconditional love. If Philos was … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part III: What Love Is This

Please feel free to read Parts I & II of this series previously posted. Now that we have separated sex and love and discussed its common over use as a word, we are ready to delve a little deeper into the subject matter. I had devoted an article specifically on the separation of sex and … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part IV: Let’s Get Physical

Please feel free to read Parts I, II & III of this series previously posted. In my last post discussing Philos or mental love, I stated it was chosen as the starting point as it was the lowest level of the three types of love. And I still think that is accurate. However, the next … Continue reading

The Blank Page

 A great Zen Master traveled with his disciple to the small village that sat in the foot hills below their temple. The student was excited about their visit to the village, as leaving the temple was a rare treat and he longed for this quiet time walking with his Teacher. He was a devoted student and … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part II – When Like Isn’t Enough

If you have not done so, please feel free to read “Defining Love – Part I – Sex ≠ Love” previously posted. Now that we have separated the emotional concept of “love” from the physical act of “sex”, we can hopefully move forward with defining love. Let’s start by understanding why we need to define … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part I: Sex ≠ Love

“Love” is one of the most commonly used words, and the least understood. It defies definition, yet we all use it with the premise it means the same thing to all of us. It is intrinsically diverse in meaning and scope. And as such, it is a challenge for me to write about. But I … Continue reading

Where’s My Line?

We have all heard the phrase that “honesty is the best policy”. And we can easily equate honesty with the truth. In fact, it is nearly impossible to find a definition of honesty that does not include the word truth or being truthful as a reference. And the following will use these words as interchangeable … Continue reading

Another Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a great Japanese Master of Zen during the Meiji era, received a university professor who had come to inquire about Zen. Upon arriving, the professor was shown to the formal tea house by Nan-in’s most faithful servant, Chujian. They followed the river stone path as it led through the garden to the tea house. … Continue reading

The Fonder Heart

It is often said, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. And I guess, as with all general idioms about life, that is mostly true. We miss our friends, partners, and family when their absence is short-term and circumstantially required. When they are off on a business trip, vacation, or other activity that makes them geographically separated … Continue reading

The Masquerade Ball

Almost everyone wears a disguise. That facade or veneer we represent to others that is more about how we want to be viewed as a person by others, rather than the person we truly are. To some degree, it is an innate human trait. We want to extol our best qualities and traits, so that … Continue reading

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