ISBN: 1937006883
EAN13: 9781937006884
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 1, 2014
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 5.9" L x 4" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The most popular book in the How To series: advice, practices, and food for thought from a Zen Master on our most universal emotion.

The third book in the bestselling Mindfulness Essentials series, a back-to-basics collection from world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces everyone to the essentials of mindfulness practice.

Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love. He distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.

Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. With sections on Love vs. Need, Being in Love, Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, How to Love includes meditations you can do alone or with your partner to go deep inside and expand your own capacity to love.

Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Love is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to understanding the many different kinds of love, along with meditative practices that can expand the understanding of and capacity for love, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditation.

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   This book is excellent. The language is simple
This book is very good. Practical advice on how to care for others and oneself in many areas of life. I am Christian, but the way it is written is deeply resonant with my values, he said. However, it is not explicitly Buddhist, as there are only a handful of statements referring to Buddhism in the whole book. It's great to hear from people of all faiths and backgrounds.
   A wonderful primer on compassion
In this book, you will learn how to love kindness and how to nurture compassion and understanding in yourself and in the people around you. It is a short but profound read that can change the way we approach misunderstandings and take ownership of our own suffering and unhappiness. Anyone who wants to do no harm in all of their relationships and just want more inner peace and contentment.
   Short strictures remind us how to be loving
These are not earth shattering revelations or passages that will suddenly change your life, it's just that they happened slowly. These are reminders of how to live a loving life, of how to be a loving person, Raymond said. While they're great to read at any time of the day or night, I like to read one before bed or when I'm having a particularly hard day.
   Just What Was Needed
I've read all the books except for this one. It has helped me to stay grounded and understand the process of loving my partner in a way that encourages him his freedom, yet helps him feel understood, Raymond said.
   Lovely book
This little book is gold, reminds us of what love is and how it can be measured. And it tells us how to love deeply.
   Relationship Love not platonic love
I've read all the books, and I love them all. The products are thought provoking and also easy to apply to life, they are also very useful. Easy to recall and are open hearted about love and kindness. No blame, blame yourself. I would like to express though that this particular Love seems to be centered around an intimate relation not necessarily a friendship or platonic relationship but around someone you live with like a husband or partner or significant other. I was looking for something that touched on platonic friendships, Tunick said. But women can be tough, too.
   Nice fast read...
It was a good quick read, but I was reading a subject that was due to codependency, Raymond said. When a certain subject gives us certain details, but runs around in a circle from knowing what the root of the problem is, I dislike that.
   Much needed daily
This is a great way to start the day and build love of self and others, he said.
   A lovely, powerful book
To love without knowing how to love the person we love, Raymond said. Such a simple sentence packed with so much wisdom, I must say. The difference between the feeling of love and the skill to love is an important one. We all know that but never have I had a teacher clearly identify the difference between true love and unhealthy attachments. True love is not about identifying and fixing the deficiencies in others, but rather, cultivating love and healing in yourself first. If we love with a wounded heart, we do great harm to others and only perpetuate our own suffering while creating fresh trauma for others, he said. This lovely book has inspired me to do more work on my own wounds while reminding me of simple, powerful practices to show love for my spouse and children, Bernadette writes. McCartney's voice is heard clearly on the tape, which is also available on CD. And, if you're lucky, you may even get to meet an honored guest.
   The meaning of "True" Love
This book awakened me from the false sense of misunderstanding that I had been confused with, and showed me how to love without conditions, he said. This book saved my marriage, my family, and by extension my life, Morgenthau said. Thanks for sharing your life with the world, it means everything.