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Unconditional Love

Pretty Woman

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

The girl looked like nothing so much as what she was -- an awkward adolescent, with pale hair and a plump body trying to make the painful transition i...

Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

This Woman Is Spreading Love Through Boston, One Act of Kindness At A Time

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact

For as long as she can remember, Cathy O'Grady has enjoyed bringing a smile to the faces of total strangers. She would treat people in line next to he...

Why Shame Sucks (Especially for Kids) and How You Can Stop It

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Children are especially vulnerable to shame. Self-centered and dependent, young humans will easily translate, "You did something bad," into, "You ARE bad." We need to be aware and careful about the messages we send.

'All You Need Is Love'

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

Love is not always kisses and hugs. Love is not necessarily a big, gorgeous wedding. Love is not sunshine and roses for days. Love is not everything being perfect all of the time. Love is a choice and it takes work. It takes work to truly love.

Through the Corridors of All Human Experience Has This Truth Been Echoed

Neale Donald Walsch | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Neale Donald Walsch

As we approach Valentine's Day, I thought it might be helpful for us to look at this business of love as it is seen in the eyes of God, from what I have come to understand as a result of the Conversations with God dialogues.

What Harry Chapin and Marty Taught Me About Unconditional Love

Heather Hummel | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Hummel

When he brought up marriage, I changed the subject. I realize now that I didn't believe someone could love me for a lifetime when I didn't love me enough in that moment.

Vulnerable Children Really Need This Holiday Season

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

During the holiday season, people always ask me what these children really need to thrive. And I wish it were something we could find at a toy store.

William Wynne: What Dogs, War, and Life Can Teach You About Celebrating the Holiday Season

Red Room | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Red Room

By William "Bill" Wynne I learned a lot from my yorkie Smoky during my 18 months of combat in the SWPA and the Far Pacific during World War II. She m...

The Joy and Grace of Loving

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Love is not something that is generated from within us. Love is what enters our mind and heart and soul when we open to it. Love is what we live in -- it's the intelligence of the universe and the life force that keeps us alive.

If It's Conditional, It's Not Love

Sheryl Paul | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheryl Paul

Love is a grace we give one another. Love is sometimes effortful, but it's not based on someone else's effort. Love is what happens when we open our hearts and allow the love that naturally lives inside to flow forth.

We Cannot Be Silent

Linda Robertson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

When those of us who call ourselves Christians stand by in silence as someone, speaking with the authority granted to pastors entrusted with teaching the Word of God, uses the Word to cultivate disgust toward individuals made in the image of God, we tacitly concur with his conclusions.

Tragedy Stopped by Unconditional Love

Sean Meshorer | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Sean Meshorer

Given our societal tendency to want to solve violence by ramping up our own violence in response, Tuff's authentic heroism reminds us that the best, lasting solutions to our challenges is by meeting violence and hatred with kindness, compassion, and unconditional love.

14 Days of Summer, a Meditation: Day Three

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Sunshine: Unconditional Love For some people, summer is a chance to complain about the heat or lock themselves into air-conditioned habitats. But o...

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren't Ready to March in the Pride Parade

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

While your child is still alive, don't worry about what your friends will think. Twenty years from now, your friends' opinions won't keep you up at night. But your remorse about not loving your child while you still had the chance will. Trust me on this.

How to Find the Happy Magic in the Bubbles of Life

Kristen Brown | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Kristen Brown

When was the last time you noticed and appreciated a bird building a nest, the color yellow, palm trees swaying in the wind, an extra 15 minutes when a meeting gets done early, sleeping in, stories from a senior citizen or hitting every green light?

'So What Do You Really Believe?'

Linda Robertson | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

Rob and I know many Christian gay couples who are thriving both in their walks with God and in their relationships. We see the fruit of the spirit all over their lives! Really, it is between God and them... not our business. We don't secretly think they are in sin.

Our Gay Son's Wedding

Linda Robertson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

Wild horses couldn't keep me and Rob from going to Ryan's wedding. I know that many of our evangelical Christian friends probably don't understand this; you'll see it as an endorsement of sin, and as a compromise of the truth of scripture. But that isn't how God speaks to us about it.

Kindness Is a Choice

Shawn Ahmed | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Shawn Ahmed

How we treat others should be a choice that reflects our character -- not a reaction to other people's character. So, I choose to be kind because my kindness will define me. Not my parents. Not my relationships. Not my sexuality. Not my work. But my kindness.

Do You Have an Unconditional Love?

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

The benefits of comprehending what an unconditional love means and implementing it in our everyday life seems to be significant, not only to us but also to whomever and whatever we interact with. So let's start the process and see it for yourself.

Remembering Luis: Fields of Barley, Fields of Gold

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

I'm going to be brave here and tell you exactly what I fear about my dating life now that I'm over 50. I'm terrified there's no one out there for me. That no one who can put up with my nuttiness, my anxieties, my insecurities, my moodiness.

The Conditions of Unconditional Love

Jason Good | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
Jason Good

The ridiculous downside to parenting is clear and visceral -- that's why it's so easy and funny to complain about it. But how can I explain the upside, that enormous emotional experience, which compels us to persevere?

5 Special Ways To Say 'Thank You' This Mother's Day

Rob White | Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

What are you doing for Mother's Day this year? Buying a card that extols mom as someone who fed you, changed you, rocked you to sleep, and cheered you on when you were learning to walk and talk, read and write? A beautiful bouquet of flowers?

Wheelchair Wisdom: Let Go of the Loss and Move On

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Today, I still need my scooter and wheelchair to get around. But something inside me has changed. I have a sense of freedom that is in some ways more powerful and sustainable than what I felt when I could walk and dance and run and play.

Receive Generously: Getting to the Core of Our Human Thirst

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Miriam Mason Martineau

Here's another thing -- receiving generously a gift of authentic love has nothing to do with deserving. It's called unconditional love for a reason. That love that embraces us, even when we mess up. This love surpasses our calculations of right and wrong.