let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but
not a bond of love:
it rather be a moving sea
shores of your souls.”
is an edited, shortened, tightened version of“Love is Selfish.”It
appeared in Origin Magazine, Fall, 2012.
in love with a woman I’ve never met.
But we do know each other. And one thing she said that I love is
in love is of secondary importance”
…she said it in response to my concerns about our future
hypothetical love, marriage and baby carriage.
don’t need to go on a lifelong romantic picnic—I have things to do”
I loved her for saying that. I’ve always thought fun was fun…for
an hour or so. Then, fun is boring. You know what’s always fun? Serving the
greater good by doing something you’re good at. Whether that’s dance or
teaching or politicking or working the counter at a corner store or being a
nurse or what.
The kind of love I’ve been brought up to look for isn’t a
lifeong picnic. It’s a partnership, with loneliness built in.
In the Buddhist tradition, there’s no “tying the knot.” There’s
no two candles, two souls “becoming one.” Instead of facing one another,
completing one another (Jerry Maguire) and living happily ever after (which
only happens in fiction and even then they nevershow,
the Buddhist visualization of a successful marriage is this:
Two friends (who want to make out constantly) facing the same
direction together, symbolically east—the direction of the rising sun—as in our
awakening, fundamentally a-ok human nature. Walking the path together. Helping
one another to be of benefit.
Society’s notion of matrimonial love is what’s selfish. I know a
lot of folks who do good for the world…until they have a wife, husband,
children…and suddenly they have an unarguable excuse to forget this whole holy
fucked up wonderful world that is crying, dying, begging, pleading and needing
So I say this: I don’t just want to love a woman who loves me.
That’s a good start: half the battle.
But the whole battle—love is war—is if she looks at me and says,
“go free, do your thing, and in return I want to be able to go free, and do my
thing, and your thing and my thing may be totally different, you might travel,
I might travel, you might want to work instead of having dinner and I might
want to work instead of having dinner…”
When I find a girl who loves what the whole point of life is…
while I’m here I’ll do the work. And what’s the work? To ease the pain of
living — everything else, drunken dumbshow” – Allen Ginsberg
…more than our marriage, well I’m ready to get married.
Until then, spare me your expectations. You don’t have rights to
me. I have one short life to live and I’ve been given a ton—and I enjoy nothing
more than working night and day to create something that can give back.
As Eleanor Roosevelt said,
only joy in this hard life is serving others.”
When I fall in love, truly, our love will help one another to
face outward, not merely inward.