flowerbudh wrote:Is there a difference between the two? I've been thinking this over recently because a dear friend of mine has proposed we begin a romantic relationship. A little background: I used to be very attached to the idea of having a boyfriend or girlfriend. Yes, I am a teenage girl, but my craving caused much suffering. I now feel love for most everyone I meet right away, and no longer desire to be in a relationship. I also feel I would not be able to remain content with giving my love to one person, you know? And I'm not suggesting any desire to cheat on a partner, but I think typically in relationships, you reserve "I love you's" and "your beautiful's" for your partner, and I just want to tell everyone that. Do any of you have similar experiences/advice?
I have watched you ask many questions in this last little while. And, watched many answers by those who wish to help. Enough so that I must encourage you to look for yourself. You are young and you must answer these things for yourself. People can only answer from their experience... don't cheat yourself. Explore and find your own answers. Frankly, I am surprised that so many are jumping into help with answers that do not take into account your life and spiritual experience.
It is clear that you are among people who care about each other, but please, find your own way. You are too young to identify yourself with what you are respresenting yourself to be. Please explore and find out if that is so for you or what suffering has brought you to this identification. Do you have a way to explore these issues with practice or any other way... do you have questions about that. A spiritual path involves a deep vow with yourself, apart from what others say.... you may be too young to fully understand; but you can know at any moment who you are and what is so for you... trust that much in yourself.
please treasure yourself