Love is a potent force of good in this world. Love connects us to one another, brings out our best qualities, and, hopefully, allows us to find a bit of the divine within another soul.

Love transcends the different spiritual traditions that separate us – and thus, many great teachers from diverse backgrounds have shared wonderful insights on the nature of love in our lives.

According to mystic and guru Osho, we need to learn to release our fears to truly experience the power of love:

Drop hesitations. People come to me and they say they want to love, they hesitate; they want to meditate, but they hesitate; they would like to dance, but they hesitate. If this hesitation is there and you go on feeding it, you will miss your whole life. It is time: drop it! And nothing else is to be done: just become aware that this is just the way you have been brought up, that’s all.

Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh echoes a similar message of diving fully into our relationships in order to experience great love:

Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.

And Tibetan spiritual leader Tenzin Gyatso, also known as the Dalai Lama, offers this simple wisdom on maintaining compassion everyday in our romances: 

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Keep love close to the heart. When love is the driving force behind our actions, the possibilities for our future are limitless.