Love is a dominant concept in our culture, promoted by stories, film, drama and popular myth. Perhaps the word fails to convey the deeper power that lies concealed within its more superficial aspects. Perhaps the better word would be ‘acceptance’ because this implies a lesser role for the ego and a more complete expression of how to be at peace with ourselves and the world around us. Acceptance does not require us to accept inappropriate behaviour. It doesn’t blind us to the qualities we may see in ourselves and in others. But it allows us to experience a more direct connection to our deeper selves and the true potential that lies within everyone else. As a culture, we may well be in love with love but the pathway to peace and understanding is paved with a deeper capacity to accept ourselves and the people around us. These are certainly not new ideas but, in an age of superficiality, it is reassuring to recognise that we are capable of so much more.