Next Tuesday is St. Valentine's Day when the world goes all romantic.
It originated, we're told, when a Christian, Valentine, was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians. Another legend says he healed the daughter of his jailer and signed a letter he wrote to her "Your Valentine" and so became associated with romantic love.
In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship called 'Anam Cara'
or 'soul-love'. In everyone's life there is a great need for an 'anam cara', a soul friend. In this love, you are understood as you are without mask or pretension. The superficial and functional lies and half-truths of social acquaintances and network friendships fall away, you can be as you really are. Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home.
Are you ready to celebrate? When one comes to being romantic - a bunch of flowers, cheesy cards, red roses, chocolates, music, are often the order of the day. Or do you take it all with a pinch of salt!