My friend has this quote tattooed on his arm and I always thought it was cynical and negative, and honestly quite sad. But as I step into the new year, I’ve been thinking about it, and I get it now. The article below says it so much better than me so please read it, but I will grab some highlights for you that resonated with me in particular.
Love is painful, because it transforms you. Love is growth.
Love means the death of the ego, because love cannot be controlled.
To suffer in love is not to suffer in vain; it takes you to higher levels of consciousness.
The transformation we all go through is from control of the mind to vulnerability of the heart.
With love, the ego drops and the soul arises. Love is food for the soul.
Go through the dark night and you reach a beautiful sunrise.
update: after some consideration, I think the expression should be pain from love…it hurts because of the love we have for one another…