I return to these words today.
Bell Hooks wrote in the July, 2006 Shambhala Sun:
Fundamentally, to begin the practice of love we must slow down and be still enough to bear witness to the present moment. If we accept that love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust, we can then be guided by this understanding.
She later says: Folks need to know the ways we change and are changed when we love. It is only by bearing concrete witness to love’s transformative power in our daily lives that we can assure those who are fearful that commitment to love will be redemptive, a way to experience salvation.