It’s February! The month of love.
My posts for this month will most likely be about love. I would like to share another song. But before I share that song, which can possibly woo your crush, let’s ponder on the different types of love for a moment.
“Eros” or Erotic Love
Eros represents the idea of sexual passion and desire. A passionate and intense form of love that arouses romantic and sexual feelings. It is a primal and powerful fire that burns out quickly.
“Philia” or Affectionate Love
Philia is a type of love that is felt among friends who’ve endured hard times together. It often involves the feelings of loyalty among friends, camaraderie among team mates, and the sense of sacrifice for your pack.
“Storge” or Familiar Love
A natural form of affection that often flows between parents and their children, and children for their parents. It can also become an obstacle on our spiritual paths, especially when our family or friends don’t align with or support our journey.
“Ludus” or Playful Love
Playful form of love felt when we go through the early stages of falling in love with someone, e.g. the fluttering heart, flirting, teasing, and feelings of euphoria. Is an essential ingredient that is often lost in long-term relationships.
“Mania” or Obsessive Love
Leads a partner into a type of madness and obsessiveness. It occurs when there is an imbalance between eros and ludus. To those who experience mania, love itself is a means of rescuing themselves. This person wants to love and be loved to find a sense of self-value.
“Pragma” or Enduring Love
A love that has aged, matured and developed over time. It is beyond the physical, it has transcended the casual, and it is a unique harmony that has formed over time. It’s the love between people who’ve learned to make compromises, have demonstrated patience and tolerance to make the relationship work.
“Philautia” or Self Love
This form of self-love is not the unhealthy vanity and self-obsession that is focused on personal fame, gain and fortune as is the case with narcissism. It is the deep understanding that only once you have the strength to love yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin, will you be able to provide love to others.
“Agape” or Selfless Love
It is an unconditional love, bigger than ourselves, a boundless compassion, an infinite empathy. It is felt for that which we intuitively know as the divine truth: the love that accepts, forgives and believes for our greater good.
Now that I have given you an introduction on the different types of love here is that song I promised. It is a song centered on Pragma love. For me this song is about enduring and compromising to keep a relationship strong. Enjoy!