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Love & Passion – what’s the difference?

I recently discovered a blog that posts the most interesting and thought-provoking questions.  And this post on Passion versus Love really sucked me in.  As I read through the comments it seemed to me that, overall, passion was winning out as being the stronger of the two.

Many readers were of the opinion that passion digs deeper.  And I get where they’re coming from.  Passion does elicit a more intense response from us than love.  Love is softer, almost passive.  Passion lights a fire in our bellies and can bring out an almost aggressive expression of our love for something (or someone). 

I would agree that passion is more driven, more enthuasistic, more intense, more consuming than love.  But I believe that love goes deeper than passion.  And love doesn’t have to be passionate to be enduring.

Passion can be so exhilarating and motivating, but it’s inherent intensity makes it difficult to sustain over a lifetime.  And while passion can lead to great success, due to single-minded focus of our attention, I think that focus can be to the detriment of other important areas of our lives.  There is only so much of our attention to go around – if we direct it to one particular aspect of our lives, then others are going to suffer.

For me, love is more balanced than passion.  When passion burns out so too does our interest in the subject (or person).  What we love, I believe we will always come back to, even if we’ve strayed away from it for a while (possibly to follow a passionate distraction!)

Love is the source energy from which all of creation is manifest.  It is eternal.   In my book love trumps passion!

But those are just my thoughts for now and I’m always open to changing my thoughts ;-)  So, what do you think?

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2 comments on “Love & Passion – what’s the difference?
  1. Lance says:

    Hilda,
    I see love as one of our deepest, soul-connecting points (if not the deepest). As in, love, for me – is one of our most basic needs and wants. And so, I see passion as being built off of love.

  2. love for me is a basic need – like food – but as with food a little feast every now and then gives us a boost and breaks up the usual. That is how I see passion :)

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