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Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves: Episodes

<p>This podcast is the first in a continuing series that tries to answer the question &quot;How do you know when you are in love?&quot;&nbsp; It is my belief that there are at least six different loves: friendship, romantic love, spiritual love, marital love, family love and community love.&nbsp; But ...
Last time I offered a definition of love in general, suggesting what all six loves have incommon.&nbsp; Our work was not complete, however.&nbsp; In this episode 2 I suggest three principles to help determine if what you have is an example of love, or something else.&nbsp; I cannot guarantee that you ...
<p>In episode 3, I begin to look at the love of friendship.&nbsp; We start with the story of Kevin &amp; Claire.&nbsp; Kevin&nbsp;&amp; Claire became close friends at work, but&nbsp;only friends.&nbsp; It wasn't long before the ugly rumors began.&nbsp; &quot;How can a man and woman spend so much time ...
<p>Episode 4 is the second part of my discussion on friendship.&nbsp; I offer a definition of what is a best friend, which involves more than the definition of simple friendship we looked at last time.&nbsp; Since our discussion on friendship began with male-female friendships, the topic in this episode ...
<p>In Episode 5, I finish up the three part series on friendship.&nbsp;&nbsp;A major challenge to male-female friendships is the ideology of romantic love.&nbsp; The ideology of romantic love tells us that we cannot be happy unless we find our one true partner, which severely restricts the possibilities ...
<p>In episode 6 we look at the story of Peter &amp; Cheryl.&nbsp; It is a very modern story about falling in love and then losing that feeling of excitement after awhile.&nbsp; Peter &amp; Cheryl had both gotten out of lousy relationships before they met.&nbsp; The first couple of months were great when ...
<p>In Episode 7, I suggest a definition of romantic love.&nbsp; We walk through the definition of romantic love, paying specific attention to what is it that is most unique about romantic love-- a hint: it is not sexual attraction, but something else.&nbsp; We then revisit Peter and Cheryl who were having ...
<p>In Episode 8, we take a look at the experience of falling in love.&nbsp; Is falling in love real? Or is it just a fantasy we believe in, something that happens only in songs and movies?&nbsp; Peter and Cheryl, the couple we looked at in Episode 6, are stuck, trying to move from falling in love to ...
<p>In Episode 9, we take a look at being in love and how that is different from falling in love.&nbsp; Every romantic relationship must eventually shift from the passion of falling in love to being in love.&nbsp; This is the only way the relationship can survive over time.&nbsp; The heart of being in ...
<p>In Episode 10, we conclude the discussion on how Peter and Cheryl can move from falling in love to being in love.&nbsp; Before Peter and Cheryl can complete the process, they must first resolve the emotional deadlock into which they have fallen.&nbsp; Cheryl feels she is more in love and more committed ...
<p>In Episode 11, we begin several segments on spiritual love.&nbsp; We start with the story of Larry &amp; Beth.&nbsp; Larry &amp; Beth had their life planned out.&nbsp; They would get married and start a family.&nbsp; Larry went along until he was involved in a serious auto accident.&nbsp; After recovering ...
<p>In Episode 12, I suggest a definition of spiritual love.&nbsp; There is no such thing as 'spirituality' singular, where all religions say the same thing.&nbsp; For example, Judaism, Christianity and Islam each have their unique approach to spirituality.&nbsp; And within each of these religions there ...
<p>In Eps 13 I suggest a way of unraveling the false self.&nbsp; This is the heart of spiritual love- dismantling the false self so that we may become more loving people.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The process of unraveling the false self requires that we make a conscious choice to begin the process and to cooperate ...
<p>In Episode 14, we take a look at the rest of my suggested definition of spiritual love.&nbsp;&nbsp;A major point of debate on spiritual love is the question of whether or not spiritual love is unconditional or reciprocal.&nbsp; Is spiritual love offered with no expectation of the other person responding ...
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What could Larry&nbsp;&amp; Beth have done differently that might have kept them from breaking up?&nbsp; Larry kept going from one relationship to another, never satisfied with whom ever he was with.&nbsp; What mistakes was Larry making?&nbsp; He was confusing spiritual and ...
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In this episode 16, we begin several installments on the question What is Happiness?&nbsp; In previous episodes we have come across this question before.&nbsp; Is love enough to make us happy?&nbsp; I have suggested that the answer is no, love by itself cannot make us happy.&nbsp; ...
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In Episode 17, I take a look at an ancient definition of happiness.&nbsp; This view of happiness goes back at least 2,500 years to the time of Aristotle in ancient Greece.&nbsp;The story of Jill from the last episode is a good illustration of Aristotle's view on happiness, ...
<p>In this episode, we will take a look at my proposed definition of happiness and see how it applies to Jill's situation.&nbsp; What I suggest is a religious definition of happiness.&nbsp; While I am writing from a specific religious tradition, I have tried to make my definition of happiness as broad ...
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp; We continue to explore my suggested definition of happiness.&nbsp; Happiness has been notoriously hard to capture.&nbsp; One famous saying&nbsp;suggests you never catch happiness when you seek it directly, it only comes to you when you are busy doing other things, like a butterfly gently ...
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In this Episode we will begin looking at the relationship between love and happiness.&nbsp; We will look in particular at one of the two questions we ended with last time:&nbsp; How do you know when you are in the flow of the Plan or Process of my suggested definition of happiness?&nbsp; ...
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