While the world is barely recovered from the pressure of the perfect holiday season, I am noticing chocolate everywhere. Red boxes full of expressions of love and, allegedly, blasts of serotonin.
Rather than have Valentine’s Day on February 14th, change things up by celebrating now. Take pause, breathe deep and give yourself a Valentine of “I love me so very much.” Then do it again tomorrow. And the next day. And on and on. Don’t stop.
Practice “Random Acts of Valentine Love” by telling someone you love them today. Or, if that’s too scary, tell them you like them. You don’t need a Significant Other to do this: this holiday is notorious for engendering sad feelings of being left out of the Very Special Circle of Couplehood. Bring a friend a little something, like a bunch of daisies. Send a card that says “I care” or write it on a post-it note and place it where they will be happy to see it.
This is a Valentine we can put some soulful muscle into. Call it a Moment-by-Moment Valentine. Bring Jizo into the equation, as the guardian of the moment, protecting you so that you may face the anxiety of staying present to the intimate Now.
Gosh, I wonder if there is only one Valentine’s Day a year because it is so intense to express love.