"I propose we fall in love several times a day for the rest of our lives," writes Matthew Fox. "…You could fall in love with fish and plants, animals, and birds, and with people, especially those who are different from us."
I read that quotation, and immediately began to ponder how I could fall in love multiple times a day, and what I would fall in love with. I considered my dog, my family, the sunlight on the tile floor, the activity of writing, a phone call, the smile of a friend, a friendly or encouraging email, the singing bowl in my office.
How does falling in love differ from gratitude or appreciation? It seems like they are all close cousins in the family of spiritual virtues. "Falling in love" implies something that comes from a deeper part of our hearts and, indeed, involves our whole body: nerves, hormones, neurons in the brain, tingles all over. It is a visceral feeling. Falling in love is complete immersion, if only for a moment, in the perfection of the object of your affections. It is adolescent yearning, innocent yet covered with acne, stupid love in the moment. It is abandonment to beauty.
I want to fall in love that way everyday!
Mother/Father God, how can I fall in love with you daily? You are no object, except of my desires. When I thank you for the daily synchronicities that you bless me with, I shall take time to fall in love with you again. I deeply desire to live a life of falling in love again and again and again with You.