When you love something, you grant it soul, you see its soul, and you let its soul touch yours. You have to love something deeply to know its soul.
Before the resonance of love, you are largely blind to a thing's meaning, value, and its power to literally save you. In fact, until you can appreciate and even delight in the ecstatic wag of a dog’s tail and other such ubiquitous signals, I doubt if you have discovered your own soul. –
from Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, Nov. 11, 2016