In cooking, reduction is the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by simmering or boiling. In other words, you turn up the heat and stir things up. Reduction is also the act of decreasing or reducing something, a simplification or the act of reducing complexity. There are some things in life that are just so easy that you don’t have to think about it to do it. You just do it because it comes natural, such as breathing or feeling an emotion. One of those easy, natural things is LOVE. But Love is more than an action. It is a state of being from whence acts of love flow. So BE LOVE!
At birth, we were born with unconditional Love in our hearts. It was simple. There were no issues for us to take sides on. No criteria for judging someone unacceptable. We looked at everyone the same. It didn’t matter what color the finger was when it was extended to us; we grabbed it anyway. Love was in there when we were born and it’s still in there. Unfortunately, as we grew older, we became indoctrinated with faulty ideas of how to love through wrong teachings handed down to us from others. We were taught that we can love and accept others as long as they fall within “the criteria” to receive it. Our easy, natural and unconditional love was marred and smothered with obstacles such as racism, religious intolerance, or judgments against others who are different from us. So we say, the challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it. Simplification is the easiest way back to unconditional Love.
The challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it.
Allow your Love to be put into “the reduction”. Turn the heat up on the issues that separate us and don’t be afraid to stir things up in your reduction. SIMPLIFY! Shed the complications and free your heart to love the way it was born to love. Gardentopia’s motto is “Love … just LOVE.” It is the kind of love that’s been put in the reduction. It is the removing of conditions allowing our love to be free and more appetizing to the world around us. The ellipsis, also known as dot-dot-dot, is a series of dots that indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text. Have you put YOUR love in the reduction? Is your love still suffocating with other people’s hang ups and misguided doctrines? It’s time for an intentional omission of anything that doesn’t look like your original love. See the wine in others and unsee the labels. YOU ARE ABLE to return to your FIRST LOVE and EMBRACE EVERYONE in spite of their differences. When we love unconditionally, it is NOT a declaration of you deserves it, it’s a declaration of WHO YOU ARE! This kind of Love celebrates DIVERSITY and it’s one of the most freeing and satisfying things a human heart can embrace.