Could the essence of love be more than heart-shaped boxes and red roses? Let's unravel the commercial facade and discover the profound connections that elevate our daily lives. In this special episode with fan-favorite guest, Rosie Acosta, we take you on a journey through the true meanings of love, from self-love's deeper layers to the resilience found in long-standing relationships. We'll confront societal pressures, debunk myths about the so-called perfect partnership, and celebrate the authentic love that unites our community. Step away from the expected and celebrate Valentine's Day by embracing love in its many forms, including the most important love story of all: the one you have with yourself.

Rosie joins Ruben to explain why long-term love isn't always roses and champagne; it's an action that demands 100% of what we can give. Rosie dissects what it means to love over the years, tackling the crucial aspects of communication and conflict resolution. She shares insights on keeping the flames of love alive, even when they flicker, and how mutual effort rather than a 50/50 split can lead to a more fulfilling connection.

In the intricate dance of dating and relationships, anticipation meets reality, and love's checklist gets a rewrite. The episode delves into the comical yet telling tale of a date with a checklist, prompting us to question the rigidity of our own criteria for love. We'll talk about how love languages evolve and the vital art of letting go, seeing love not as a possession but as a journey of shared growth and evolution.

How does Rosie live through love? “By being compassionate; desiring for the suffering of others to end. If I have a desire for your suffering to end, that's me living in my fullest expression of love.”

“Love is not about possession but about mutual growth and evolution—a concept that love itself is ever-changing and endlessly fascinating.” - Rosie Acosta

In this episode, you will learn…

  • True love transcends commercialized expectations, requiring self-acceptance and deep, authentic connections
  • Love in long-term relationships is an action, not just an emotion, demanding continuous effort and communication
  • Approach dating with clarity and openness, balancing desires with the unpredictability of love's journey
  • Love languages evolve; recognizing and adapting to them is crucial for expressing and sustaining love
  • Love is about mutual growth and evolution, not possession; embracing change is key to healthy relationships.

It's about embracing the messiness, the ebbs and flows, and the potent mix of tenderness and tenacity that sustains love over time.” - Rosie Acosta

About the guest: Rosie Acosta is the author of You Are Radically Loved: A Healing Journey to Self-Love, has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years, and taught for over a decade. She hosts a weekly conversational wellness podcast called, The Radically Loved Podcast. She works with a wide range of students, from those in her East Los Angeles community to Olympic athletes, NFL champions, NBA All-Stars and veterans of war. A first-gen Mexican-American, Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media

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