Some thoughts, sometimes lots of good thoughts, not lots of writing, and that’s okay. Some quick ones though, before they go:
The key difference seems to be between love borne of gratitude and love borne of desire. Desire arises where there is a real or perceived lack of love (which is ultimately lack of healthy “self”-love).
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most prominent bodhisattvas in my life. I am reading two of his books right now, Old Path White Clouds (stories from Buddha’s life) and Work (on daily, hourly, minutely mindfulness). Humble, beautiful, tears every time. Yesterday what struck me like a revelation was his explanation of the energy of mindfulness as the energy of being aware of what is going on, being thankful for it, and smiling at it. In this simple energy freedom and joy are possible. Walk into each step with total relaxation. Relax totally out of gratitude and love for all of your bodyparts. All of these were revelations to me.