"We leave seeds behind when we leave our lifetime for good
- what are you leaving behind for others to remember?"
- Lori Freed

"You know what love is? Love is the truth.
I have said for decades I am the walking truth.
I realize now I am also saying I am the walking love. Everyone is. Even you. If you allow yourself to walk in your real Truth."
-Lori Freed

"Did you know You are Love? Did you forget?
I’m just stopping by to remind you."
- Lori Freed

“Fear is the absence of love. If you live from love - fear cannot lead your life.
Your heart cannot hold fear where there is love. It just can’t. Only the mind can.“
-Lori Freed

“I understood that love comprises all vocations, that love is everything, that it embraces all times and all places because it is eternal!”
– Saint Theresa of Lisieux
Little flower biography-Story of a Soul
1873-1897 - passed away at 24 years old

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
― Lao Tzu

"I am Impelled by love. I am rooted in it -
and I will grow it like a tree and its leaves;
like a flower and it’s petals. Should my leaves
and petals fall off into their season of mourning,
- I will grow them again when I rise again as the root of love."
-Lori Freed

"If not now, when? If not you...then who? Be a living miracle of love."

"I am love and I have been in existence ever since forever.
And I will be with you faithfully into wherever hereafter..."
-Lori Freed

"Love is a decision. Not an emotion.”
― Lao Tzu

"Your perception is your reality- what are you perceiving? Whatever it is -
it will be your feeling you carry around. Choose to perceive Love and feel it. You will be so much more at peace."
-Lori Freed

"Love does not exist to be the exception in our lives- it was created to be the rule."
- Lori Freed

“If you are judging someone you’re not loving that someone.”
-Lori Freed

"Confidence and love alone cast out fear."
- Ernest Holmes

"I have said for years that the most valuable asset
in life is not money, it’s time.
I stand corrected. The most valuable asset -
more that money and more than time is LOVE."
-Lori Freed

"Feed your heart with love. Not your mind.
Your mind always wants more. It is insatiable
- can never get enough to validate its identity.
Heart never needs validation, it always knows the truth."
-Lori Freed
‘To be Love is to be a true Lover.’
-Lori Freed
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know"
-Jimi Hendrix
“May we face our lives with grace in these times.”
-1995 Dannion Brinkley
"Tell me the story about how the sun loved
the moon so much,
He died every night to let her breathe".
"Let's make everyday be about love."
- Terry Prince

"The mysterious energy of Love is the active principle of unity. Everything loves, and
everything responds to love."
-Ernest Holmes

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
— Oscar Wilde

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu

“Love is an action, never simply a feeling.”
— Sir Bell Hooks

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
– Mark Twain

"Love will find a perfect way."
- Ernest Holmes

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
– John Green

“Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will.”
– Elaine Davis

“I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.”
– Angelita Lim

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Thinking of you keeps me awake. Dreaming of you keeps me asleep. Being with you keeps me alive.”
– Unknown

“I need you like a heart needs a beat.”
– Unknown

“When I say I love you more, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most.”
– Unknown

”I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.”
– Leo Christopher

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
– A. A. Milne

“A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.”
– Brendan Francis

”I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
– Pablo Neruda

”Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
– Oscar Wilde

“You make me want to be a better man.”
– Melvin Udall

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
– Sarah Dessen

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
– Robert A. Heinlein

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
– Anais Nin

“He is not a lover who does not love forever.”
– Euripides

“To love is to burn, to be on fire.”
– Jane Austen

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”
– James Baldwin

“In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing.”
– Jack Kornfield

“Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.”
– Bette Davis

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”
– Paulo Coelho

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
– Pablo Neruda

“Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears.”
– Ovid

“Love is not love until love’s vulnerable.”
– Theodore Roethke

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
– Dr. Seuss

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
– Pablo Neruda

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
– Nicholas Sparks

“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.”
– Ben Hecht

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.”
– Noah from The Notebook

“I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

“To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed.”
– Valerie Lombardo

”My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.”
– André Breton

”A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

”Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”
– Elinor Glyn

”Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Love is the strange bewilderment which overtakes one person on account of another person.”
– James Thurber

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.”
– Sophocles

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”
– William Arthur Ward

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
– Andre Gide

“This has been my life; I found it worth living.”
– Bertrand Russell

“We must be our own before we can be another’s.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
– Confucius

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
– Rumi

“Only true love can fuel the hard work that awaits you.”
– Tom Freston

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
– Vincent van Gogh

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
– Ella Fitzgerald

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”
– Judy Collins

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
– Buddha

“Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”
– William Shakespeare

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
– Marilyn Monroe

“I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.”
– Natalie Cole

“I hope you know that every time I tell you to get home safe, stay warm, have a good day, or sleep well what I am really saying is I love you. I love you so damn much that it is starting to steal other words’ meanings. ”
– Open-365

“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”
– Dalai Lama

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
– William Shakespeare

“You call it madness, but I call it love.”
– Don Byas

“We can only learn to love by loving.”
– Iris Murdoch

“A life lived in love will never be dull.”
– Leo Buscaglia

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”
– Victor Hugo

“All you need is love.”
– Paul McCartney

“True love stories never have endings.”
– Richard Bach

“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”
– Saint Ignatius

“Love is not a volunteer thing.”
– Samuel Richardson

“Love is friendship on fire.”
– Susan Sontag

“Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.”
– Tom Wolfe

“Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
– Franklin P. Jones

“The love we give away is the only love we keep.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.”
– Houssaye

“Trust your intuition and be guided by love.”
– Charles Eisenstein

“That’s all nonviolence is – organized love.”
– Joan Baez

“We love because it’s the only true adventure.”
– Nikki Giovanni

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
– William W. Purkey

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.”
– Jeanne Moreau

“Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.”
– Washington Irving

“Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.”
– Marge Piercy

“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.”
– Barbara De Angelis

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

”I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.”
– Madame de Stael

“Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.”
– George Jean Nathan

“Love is more than a noun – it is a verb; it is more than a feeling – it is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.”
– William Arthur Ward

“Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.”
– Barbara De Angelis

“We need not think alike to love alike.”
– Francis David

“Love is a great master. It teaches us to be what we never were.”
– Moliere

“Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.”
– Felix Adler

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profundity. Kindness in giving creates love.”
– Lao Tzu

“When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”
– Dalai Lama

“Love is sharing your popcorn.”
– Charles Schultz

“Love is being stupid together.”
– Paul Valery

“If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?”
– Lily Tomlin

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
– Albert Einstein

“Love is like pi – natural, irrational, and very important.”
– Lisa Hoffman

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
– Robert Fulghum

“Love is something sent from heaven to worry the hell out of you.”
– Dolly Parton

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FRANZ KAFKA (1883-1924), JEWISH NOVELIST AND MAJOR FIGURE OF 20TH-CENTURY LITERATURE

When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me, and what do I know of yours. And if I were to cast myself down before you and weep and tell you, what more would you know about me than you know about hell when someone tells you it is hot and dreadful. For that reason alone we human beings ought to stand before one another as reverently, as reflectively, as lovingly, as we would before the entrance to hell.

– FRANZ KAFKA (1883-1924)

Quote from St. Theresa of Lisieux FROM 1893

I know of one means only by which to attain to perfection: LOVE. Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else. Sometimes I seek another word to express Love, but in this land of exile the word which begins and ends (St. Augustine) is quite incapable of rendering the vibrations of the soul; we must then adhere to this simple and only word: TO LOVE.

But on whom shall our poor heart lavish its love? Who shall be found that is great enough to be the recipient of its treasures? Will a human being know how to comprehend them?

-24 year old St. Theresa of Lisieux 1893

This, then, is what I think about the Justice of God; my own way is all confidence and love, and I cannot understand those souls who are afraid of so affectionate a Friend.
– St. Therese of Lisieux

Quote from ST. Theresa

FROM THE APPLE CORE TO EAGLES WINGS

Don’t let Love go to waste. It tests us to our core like a fallen apple from the tree, but it also makes us soar upon eagles wings. 🦅 
All the love in between in our greatest tests, our greatest strength, our greatest healer, our greatest gift. 🙏🏻💕🌷

One year ago today – my mother I laid my mother to rest as Covid won the battle

In this year of grief and suffering- many more battles were waged- by mercy I am still here – from Love and grief I created The Loving Garden 10 years sitting in my heart created from the loss of my child – and it waited for me to honor it. In the grief of 2020 I could hear my mother telling me it is time to sow the Garden. While handling her affairs, traveling cross country during a deadly pandemic and navigating ineffable actions and behaviors of others- I began the development of the Garden- it is what kept me going, what kept me alive many times I didn’t think I could stay in any more pain. I channeled my compounded grief and unrequited love for my son, my mother-all my loves who went Home too soon- there are many. And most of all- I sowed The Loving Garden in the firm belief and conviction that Love is our strength, our healer, our very essence we are created from and that Love is the ultimate peace we seek and meant to live from.
I cursed the depth of my grief until I used it for good – and from the unending compounding grief- love bloomed – from the darkness of the soil emerged the light of Truth- of beauty – of Love. By honoring both – I had a choice which I would allow to lead – I chose Love – and by doing so – I chose to help others know the Truth about Love and what love can do. And this is why The Loving Garden is here for all – anytime – to know their love and grief are honored – love will help heal by blooming it on – and that love is never the wrong choice in which to let your life be leased wrong.
Thank you mom- for all we didn’t have and didn’t do and I didn’t get while
You were here, what I did ultimately receive by your letting go – was the Love I always sought and Waited for. I was waiting for myself to give myself permission to Love me as much as I loved others. Thank you. And thank you for helping The Loving Garden finally come to life and bloom love on for all to help each other in the honor of Love. I love you eternal Mom. 💫🙏🏻🌷❤️🌷🌷

THERE IS ALWAYS PURPOSE TO MEETING SOMEONE.

These are the moments why I am staying alive:

Text message:

This is Julee Y.— thank you so much for chatting with me after yoga today! Without knowing ahead of it— I really needed our conversation today— thank you, thank you! Enjoy Mother’s Day, last year was the first one without my mom, I think I was still in shock or denial, this year seems even more difficult, nothing like a mom! Celebrate your mom and being a mom on Sunday!

Me:

And thank you for sharing a heart conversation. 💕I guess I needed an understanding connection too at that moment.  🙏🏻 it is interesting times – and while we have to go through and honor the grief moments, we have to stay in truth and trust that love never leaves- it evolves in our hearts even more by appreciation of having felt it. Those that truly know love- are very blessed. You are very blessed Julee. Thank you for being you. Enjoy and honor your moms day too and stay connected. Much 💗🌷💫 – Lori Freed
TheLovingGarden.com
– Love is never the wrong choice.💕

(Julee lost her mother in 2019 and her 4 month old daughter 31 years ago. We just met today and she opened her heart and truth to me – and I shared the same. A moment of compassion and love is a true healing helper. We are not alone. You do not walk alone. 💕🌷)

Love Blooms Bigger on Easter

LOVE BLOOMS BIGGER ON EASTER
TheLovingGarden.com is now accepting submissions to help those in need

Plant a Seed of Love * Love Blooms * Your Love Helps Others from Love

St. Croix, USVI, April 4, 2021: The seed of a Love Legacy idea planted 10 years ago to help others, all in the name of love, http://www.thelovinggarden.com/ came into bloom on Valentine’s Day 2021.

The Garden was finally created after the Founder’s mother passed away from Covid in May 2020. She focused on Love to get her through her grief and the mission is to share the power and strength of love with others, especially at a time when we are all navigating this collective pain of the last year. 

This Easter, April 4, 2021 THE LOVING GARDEN blooms even bigger with the opening for submissions to request help in the name of love – the requesters are known as Flowers of Love Recipients

THE LOVING GARDEN honors the grief of anyone who plants a flower seed of love in the virtual garden in the honor of a loved one, even self love, one love, any kind of unconditional love. 

The flowers seeds of love will go on to bloom love to the Flowers of Love Recipients in need of love, covid relief support, counseling, aid, shelter, funeral expenses, childcare and so much more. 

“It is time to sow love and reap love as a collective.” says [Lori Freed], Founder, The Loving Garden Inc. “It’s time, more than ever to begin our collective healing journey and rise up while lending a hand and heart to another who needs help getting up, hence Flowers of Love Recipients who can now come to the Garden to request support. The more Flower seeds of love planted (ie: donations) in the Garden, the more we can help and heal hearts faster.” 

Ms. Freed says it is the Full Circle of Love. “Healing the grief begins with honoring and accepting why it exists. Because love existed. And still does. Always will. It does not leave when we endure a loss. The Loving Garden exists to honor both the grief and the love and to bloom LOVE on and to make sure all know they do not have to grief alone and the ME turns into a WE for healing and love gained not lost.”

Please visit http://www.thelovinggarden.com/ and honor those you love while helping others in need of love and assistance. Including yourself. 

Bloom Love On...  ###

Always Be a Lover

(I recently came upon this wonderful passage by Rumi and it made my heart smile. Sharing the smile of Love’s Truth.)
 
Wherever you may be, in whatever situation or circumstance you may find yourself, strive always to be a lover, and a passionate lover. Once you possess your heart in love, you will always be a lover, in the tomb, at the Resurrection, and in Paradise forever and ever.
 
Sow wheat and wheat will grow; wheat will flourish in the fields, and bread will glow in the oven.
 
-Rumi
 
My translation: Being a lover is about being Love in every area of one’s life. Not just intimate moments. But being that essence all the time.
Even in the darkness, love is there, we can rise in it and be it forever when it comes from our hearts without attachment to getting something back. That is a true lover. Just love.
 
And we shall sow flower seeds of Love in The Loving Garden and Love will flourish just like the wheat and the bread of Rumi’s metaphoric words.
 
Bloom Love On…
-Mother Love