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    Love Takes Over LA Mall, "The Grove"

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     donnaclare says 'it was awesome being in the midst of the crowd. The energy was positive, very loving, and contagious.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    It was a beautiful day on Saturday, and given that we are in the midst of celebrating the birth of Christ, there is no better time than now to celebrate love. And on December 14, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., the Love Mob took over L.A.'s popular outdoor mall, The Grove. According to their Facebook page, The Love Mob is a multi-generational movement that promotes love as a lifestyle. The event started across the street at Pan Pacific Park where everyone gathered for the event. The first course of business was a prayer and meditation led by Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder and leader of the very popular and well-known Agape International Spiritual Center based in Los Angeles. At the meeting place everyone prepared to begin their descent into The Grove to spread their love message by preparing signs, practicing chants and songs, doing a photo session, and just meeting and greeting. The energy was high and very positive. Later, groups of about 15 people at a time walked over to the mall in an effort to be conspicuous and surprise holiday shoppers.

    At The Grove, everyone gathered around the water fountain, and upon the cue of the children arriving, the group started off by chanting and then singing the Beatles classics, "All We Need Is Love," and "We Love You." The Love Mob then proceeded to walk through the mall while singing and cheering, as mall shoppers stopped to take photographs and join in on the festivities. (Note that there was a helicopter hovering above as things started to get going). Finally, everyone walked back to the park on Beverly Blvd. where cars started honking their horns. Once back to the starting point, everyone continued to spread love, as three LAPD officers watched from a hilltop. I noticed that the longer the cops were there, the more their body language relaxed. I even saw them having light conversation with occasional smiles. It's a wonder what miracles the spreading of a little love can do.

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