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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today I'm going to talk about love.

So we often think of love as something

that arises within us, maybe only

in relationship to another person.

So we kind of make another person

the object of our love, and we may

feel maybe even that without the

other, we won't feel that love, maybe

that we even be incomplete or empty.

But if we look a little bit closer,

we see that the love that we feel is

actually an innate quality that we've

always had the capacity to draw on.

And it's something we can feel

within our own selves, within

our own mind, body and being.

So for instance, I'd like to

invite you right now to take your

moment to do a reflection with me.

If you care to, you might

like to close your eyes.

And just bringing to mind right

now, someone who you love,

someone who you appreciate.

And you might like to imagine this person,

or it could be a pet, sitting across

from you and just letting yourself feel

the love that you have for this person.

How much you wish for them

to be safe, happy, and well.

Focusing your mind and your heart now on

the love that you feel for this person.

And letting that love really

fill your body and your being.

And noticing how it feels to have this

love generated in your body, mind.

And now just inviting you to let

this vision of the other person fade.

So just taking them out of the picture

now and continuing to feel this love.

Feeling the love that you generated

in your own mind and body.

And if you care to just continuing to

generate this feeling of love or to

bathe in the feelings of love that are

already here, but without an object.

Maybe just even having a sense of

sitting here and breathing in love.

And breathing out love.

And noticing that this is your

love, it's innate within you.

And then when you're ready,

just start opening the eyes.

And knowing that there is a kind of

love that's unconditional, that's

not dependent on anything or anyone.

And we all have this love within us.

We don't necessarily need it to be

with another person to feel this.

And the more we practice mindfulness,

the more we unhook from the thoughts

and emotions that sometimes obscure

our ability to feel love, the more

this unconditional love starts to

take up residence inside us and settle

into our being like warm sunshine.

So as always, thank you sincerely for your

practice and your presence here with us.

And inviting you now to settle

in for today's meditation.

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