Some call Valentine’s Day a “Hallmark holiday.” That’s crazy. St. Valentine was martyred over 2,000 years ago after being jailed for presiding over soldiers who wanted to marry against the decree that they shouldn’t because it would make them soft. He was sent to jail, fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and before his death, wrote her a note that allegedly said, “From your Valentine.” Well, that’s one story. Either way, it was centuries before the printing press was even invented. Hallmark may have exploited the holiday, and maybe that’s what some people react against – the codified way of expressing our affection on Valentine’s Day and the emphasis of being part of a couple.
I have a different way of understanding Valentine’s Day that makes it easy and fun for anyone, in couple-hood or not, to celebrate. Here’s my take: Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of winter, during the one of the coldest months of the year. Right?
And how are we supposed to celebrate?
By giving beautiful and fragrant flowers, eating delicious foods including chocolate which has a secret door to some woman’s hearts, giving gifts that are soft to the touch, putting on romantic music and writing our loved ones that they are loved. All of these are meant to reawaken our senses and open our hearts in the midst of time where we’re often hibernating against the cold and wondering if Spring will ever come again. In fact, reawakening our senses, opens our hearts, and in turn, the opening of our hearts revitalizes our senses. Valentine’s Day is a chance to rejoice in life and love by knocking on the door of our senses and inviting them back into your life.
So, go ahead, there’s still time to buy some beautiful flowers, eat sumptuous foods, listen to music that moves you, and to write to your honey how much he/she is appreciated, admired, and loved.
Keep the spirit of Valentine’s Day alive by joining our Love Note Writing Challenge where you choose the frequency per week to write to your loved one(s) for one month’s time. We’ll check back in together along the way to see if there’s been any changes. Hope you’ll join us! You can sign up here: http://wp.me/p2gNiq-mQ
And Happy Valentine’s Day! We wish you a sensorially delicious kind of day!