Many people are celebrating love today, St. Valentine’s Day. While Hallmark and other merchandisers have vigorously promoted it to sell cards, candy, flowers and gifts to the chagrin of some people who think it is purely crass marketing, I believe our consciousness is raised up and light spread throughout the world with so many people
focused on sharing love.
What happens to those folks who have no paramour? Are you feeling left out of the love-fest today? A little further in the newsletter, you can find some simple things you can use to combat those negative feelings.
But first, how did this love tradition begin?
The History or Legend of St. Valentine’s
St. Valentines’ Day is reportedly named after a Roman priest living during the reign of emperor Claudius the Cruel who decreed that no more marriages be performed (a tactic
he felt would compel young men to sign up for the Roman army if they could not marry, and thus fill the ranks of soldiers needed for further empire conquest.) However, the priest Valentine continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret, and when found out, was arrested, beaten and finally beheaded on February 14, about 278 AD, for his defiance of the emperor’s order. He was later raised to the status of sainthood for his
great service and joining lovers in matrimony.
Supposedly he left a note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend while in jail. The note was signed, “From Your Valentine.” Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. His death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated at St. Valentine’s Day.
Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love poems, messages and simple gifts such as flowers and a lovely tradition was born. Even school age children now exchange little missives of affections. In my mind this is much needed to encourage appreciation rather than the bullying of recent years.
However, many people feel sad to be excluded in the sharing of tender feelings on Valentine’s Day. Do you? Here are 5 simple things you can do right now to get out of that miserable feeling.
5 Simple Things to Uplift You
1) First, observe and acknowledge your feelings. Follow this simple meditation....Close your eyes and breathe in golden yellow light into your sacred heart space, the fourth chakra, releasing any worries or bad feelings within you on the out breath. Send those feelings down into the earth. Continue the breath work until you can visualize the
golden light within you. Feel the light expand within your heart and know that you are safe and loved. Imagine the light expand further and further until your whole being is flooded with light and the light inside you fills your home, extends out into your neighborhood, then your state, your country, and the universe. Stay there as long as it feels good and gradually return to awareness of your body.
2) Take care of your body today by eating healthy foods and getting some exercise. Give yourself credit for moving and not staying in bed.
3) Use doTERRA’s CPTG essential oils to uplift and energize you. The citrus oils like lemon, lime, grapefruit, bergamot, and wild orange provide an emotional lift and calming effect. Other oils to choose from are lavender, frankincense, peppermint, ylang ylang, or sandalwood. Also the blends called Serenity, Balance, and Elevation
are very effective. You may buy them via a link here on my website.
Rub the over the heart, massage on the bottom of the feet, place a few drops in a warm bath, and breathe them in. I use cold air diffusers for my home and cup my palm around my nose to inhale their beautiful scent. What a fun way to affect your emotions and stimulate your brain! Did you know that essential oils can cross the blood brain barrier? Powerful!
4) Do something nice for someone who does not expect it. The giving of your time or talent brings rewards and helps you ‘get out of yourself’ and knowing you are worthy. Being in relationship goes far beyond romantic involvement. Focus on your friends, relatives, clients, and business associates.
5) Write down a list of things for which you are grateful. Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a daily practice. Watch your transformation.