asparklingmoment asked: What is the difference between love and lust?
Lust arises in the body and mind. It never extends beyond that level. This is because lust gets off on the notion of separation and bridging that perceived distance. You are not the body nor mind.
Love, on the other hand, radiates from your very being. Your awareness is that which shines love onto the mind and body. No matter how much others love you, the only love you ever feel is the love that wells up from within.
Therefore lust depends on certain conditions while love does not. People who vacillate in relationships don’t really know what they want, as they are caught between the pull of lust and the wish for genuine love. That is why I often recommend that people take time alone to develop their own relationship with love before seeking to share that with another.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying lust, just as there is nothing wrong with enjoying human life. But if you cling to it and narrow your world to be defined by it, you will suffer.
Satisfying lust thoroughly is not always possible, since conditions are always changing. But love is always possible because it is inseparable from who you are.