What is true love? People may have different definitions of it, but many of us must agree that true love is altruistic and unconditional; it means loving others without expecting something in return from them. However, we find it difficult as we want a return for everything we give, including love. We begin to expect things. From that expectation, comes need, even jealousy, and also attachment—the notion that we deserve to get back something because of the love that we give to others—and then unhappiness is experienced when our expectations are not met.
If we expect something in return, is it really love? Certainly not. The first and foremost aspect of true love is the pure intention and capacity to offer joy and happiness without any condition. To develop that capacity, we have to look at Mother Nature. Nature expresses itself through unconditional love. It gives abundantly, altruistically and unconditionally, and also almost indiscriminately.