Quilting Arts Magazine had a self portrait challenge quite some time ago. I did not complete a piece for that challenge–I generally have a compelling, inner artistic agenda that trumps such challenges–but it obviously entered my consciousness. I recently finished “Dare.” Dare to love, dare to love yourself, your self.
Eckhart Tolle, an author who has offered me many insights and realizations, has this to say about love in his book The Power of Now:
Love is a state of being. Your love is not outside: it is deep within you. You can never lose it, it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. (Tolle, 1997, pp. 130-131)