"Love" is the biggest word in the English language, perhaps after "God". The biggest presupposition, an unlikely label for a preferred reality, for many just a desperate desire with no hope of fulfilment, a feeling with a really abstract label, a fascination with an unattainable desire.
I don't mind the word, but I have no understanding of what it means, in just one word.
"I love you" ??
Let's try again, imagining the scenario.
You are my child, I will always care for you materially, and emotionally.
You are my friend, I commit to communicating with you, in your best interests, always.
You are my spouse, I will always honour you, sexually, financially, communicatively.
You are my community, I will always be loyal.
But in each scenario, there's a further analysis to be made, more detail of an ethical purpose that depends on emotion, and the effects thereof.
Once you get the sense that love isn't a thing, but is alive, it starts to get slippery. That aspect of experience, that really important one is more like a lizard than the stone on which it's sunning itself. Notice it, and it runs, losing it's tail to distract your further attention.
So, go into the beauty of your soul, which is really there, and ask what the ultimate word means.
You may be surprised. Every word that proceeds from your mouth or heart is ultimate. "Love" is more like the canvas, your intentions and actions more like the picture that gets splashed, sometimes more, sometimes less attractively.
What does your heart say? Your body know? Your skin fear or acknowledge?
I learn about love by observing bodies, especially when they ask for help. I hope that I know how to respond. Those real levels of requirement, like trauma, truth and touch aren't really up for much conceptual analysis. You know how to fix, or you don't.
That's my kind of medicine.
So when someone is really stuffed in the department of love, it's a good strategy to look at the heart, and not the words.
"God" happens to be there, too.
But physiology is the short-cut to both. It's really fascinating to have all the answers literally in your hands.