To posit ones being extensively to all that is created, tangible, sentient, non sentient existence and not just in one's body connects us lovingly. We are not what we think we are in ourselves but what we actually are through relationship. It is that which defines us and is best interpreted not with the mind but with reciprocal relational love.
Love is crucial not optional ... it is not a concept that we chose to consider but the very foundation of being alive as something, not that we receive as separate from giving, but as a living connected reciprocal f-actuality.