Nature at its random best. That is how I found the cotton wood flowers laying on a rock in my back yard.

As far back into history as the Third Millennium B.C. the heart symbol has been used in art. The image began as an artists rendering of a fig leaf, which led to the later use of the ivy leaf — these leaf images eventually transformed into the heart image we all recognize today. From ancient times the symbol was associated with eternal love — love that endures beyond the grave.

Everywhere you turn hearts seem to be jumping out at us from nature — set in the DNA that makes up the world around us. Walking through the park you see the scarring of a lost limb of  a giant tree, its looks like a heart. You pick up a stone on the beach, a well worn heart. The clouds in the sky create the patterns of another heart. You pick an heirloom tomato and there is an edible heart. The archetype seems to be nature speaking to us beyond the linear life we are prone to conceive. In the infinite cycle of life and death, nature sends us the message, she loves without limit, without judgment, unconditionally her love endures forever.

I have never been a huge fan of Valentine’s day because it just seems to have become another overblown commercial day full of fake sentiment and expectations of romance that are contrived and shallow. However, thinking about love beyond the grave. That is heavy. We should take the hint from nature and ancient artists, and try to wrap our heads around the universal symbol of the heart and apply that to our daily practice of loving.

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