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city of angels The half time show of Super Bowl 50 in February 2016 culmi- nated with the audience excitedly lifting colorful cards spelling "Believe in Love." The show launched with a blast of positive energy and message of unity as Coldplay took the stage along with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and then joined by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin had arranged to have 75,000 Love Buttons given to the whole audience. Mil- lions of people watching from all over the world were remind- ed that Love unites us—all the beautiful colors and cultures of the planet! Such a reception was never imagined by the creator of the Love Button, Dr. Habib Sadeghi, who, along with his wife Dr. Sherry Sami, founded the non-profi t organization in 2013. Dr. Sadeghi and Dr. Sami are the founders of the Be Hive of Heal- ing Integrative Medical and Dental Center in Agoura Hills and the International College of Spiritual Nutrition. I asked Dr. Sadeghi a few questions about the Love Button Global Movement. Taylor: When you created your fi rst Love Button, did you have any idea that such a movement would grow and reach so many people? Dr Sadeghi: Not at all. Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and faced some very diffi cult decisions about my future. Overwhelmed with the stress of it all, I took a year off from medical school to investigate alternative healing modal- ities and re-evaluate my priorities. My friend and lab partner, Gary, gave me advice that changed my life. He said, "Habib, I don't know about the God that you believe in, but the God I believe in is a loving God. He who hasn't loved yet hasn't known God, for God is Love." This left me with a sense of peace and knowing that whatever happened would be for the highest good. One week later, before being wheeled into the operat- ing room, I wrote the word 'Love' on the palm of my hand as a reminder that the greatest healing power was always with me. After graduating I was fi lled with gratitude for the power of love. I wrote the word Love in red ink and made it into a button that I wore on my lab coat as a reminder to share that love. As my button drew attention from more people I made other but- tons to give away. Over time, as we saw how people continued to respond to the Love Buttons, my wife Sherry and I saw the potential to spread love as a healing energy on a global scale and created the non-profi t organization the 'Love Button Glob- al Movement.' The growth of the movement in just a few short years has been an unexpected blessing for us. Taylor: Love is needed more than ever in the world today. What can we do to spread love right now? Dr. Sadeghi: The biggest thing each of us can do is to not let fear stand in the way of sharing our love. Every day we're all making the choice between love and fear and whether to step into our loving or not. Do I compliment the cashier at the grocery store on how nice she looks today, or am I afraid of the way I'll be perceived? Do I offer to help a friend move house, or do I not because they weren't available the last time I needed help? Do I help a single mother carry her bags and stroller off the airplane, or do I rush by her because I'm afraid doing so will make me late? Every day we have many opportunities to share our love and make a connection. The point is to remain conscious of these opportunities by focusing on how we can be of service. When we share our love with others in this way, it elevates their energy and they carry it with them, making them more apt to do some- thing loving for someone else. The Love Buttons we give to people are their reminders to pay forward the loving kindness they received. That's how we strengthen the chain of intercon- nectedness between us. To learn more visit www.love- button.org. Serena Wright Taylor is an Associate Producer with Con- scious Life Expo, an Intuitive Vedic Astrologer, and a vol- unteer for refugees with the Tiyya Foundation. By Serena Wright Taylor What is the Love Button Global Movement? BELIEVE IN LOVE Photo Top and Bottom: Courtesy of Love Button Global Movement, Photo Middle: Serena Wright Taylor BELIEVE IN LOVE August/September 2017 7

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