How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh
This small book of meditations is filled with wisdom and opportunities for reflection on the way that we invite love into our lives. A few of the topics covered include love in intimate relationships, self-love, empty sex, crushes, and listening and communication. The focus of the book is in applying mindfulness to the way that we experience love. For couples, this book could be used to share a reading with one another as a conversation starter or as a meditation. For individuals, this book can be used as an opportunity for personal reflection, healing, and growth. Check out the "Hugging Meditation" on page 28 and 29!
"Love is a living breathing thing. There is no need to force it to grow in a particular direction. If we start by being easy and gentle with ourselves, we will find it is just there inside of us, solid and healing."
"If you can accept your body, then you have a chance to see your body as home. You can rest in your body, settle in, relax, and feel joy and ease. As you practice building a home in yourself, you become more and more beautiful."
"Loving someone doesn't mean saying 'yes' to whatever the other person wants. The basis of loving someone else is to know what you need. It's important that loving another person doesn't take priority over listening to yourself and knowing what you need."