I'm sure there are as many descriptions of love as there are human beings who have tried to describe it. Dr. Stephen Post, president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love at Case Western Reserve University, describes altruistic love as a love for all humanity without exception, with abiding kindness and service. This love is a selfless act of generosity of spirit. And sometimes it's really a state of being. There are times when I have experienced love that doesn't feel like action at all. I'm not feeling love for someone — or for something I do. Instead, there are moments when I feel that my being is love.

Of course that feeling of being love doesn't last long for any of us. I don't think it can, without several lifetimes of practice. But if we're lucky, there are times when we do experience that feeling.

Daniel Gottlieb, Learning from the Heart