The story of the good Samaritan is a Christian parable, but it is more than that. It is a story about universal love which is another word for spirituality. When we love, we move beyond ourselves to embrace so much more.

I was enamored of love when I was a child, but I did not have a clue about universal love. I thought love meant romance. I got so carried away with the concept of romantic love that I ended up being addicted. That worked out, however, as I turned treating love addiction into a career.

In exploring the origins of my love addiction, I read a lot and came upon the concept of different types of love. Here is a list from the Greeks:

Eros, or sexual passion; philia, or deep friendship; ludus, or playful love; agape, or love for everyone; pragma, or longstanding love; philautia, or love of the self,

I went on to discover that the problem of addiction in general is an obsession for one thing at the expense of a variety of things. I took this one step further and concluded that healthy love embraced all kinds of love: romantic love; paternal love; maternal love; love of family; platonic love; self love; and love of God

The secret to enjoying love instead of being destroyed by it, is to turn to an available form of love when another is unavailable. If you are madly in love with an unavailable person turn to any of the other forms of love for joy and comfort. I turned to spiritual love.

A word to the wise from someone who used to worship romantic love. Never make it more important than the other forms of love. If romance is unavailable, learn to love what is available. There is always something if you care to look for it. The love of God is always available. Your love for yourself is always a good idea. Loving your friends and all the people who cherish you is excellent. Just love and be happy with what you have.


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Susan Peabody is a writer and counselor who likes to help people. She is also a spiritual advisor and life…

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