True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Ove is probably not what we expect it really is. all of us search the happiness that comes from loving and being enjoyed, but we regularly locate ourselves disillusioned in our relations and not able to understand the reason. Thich Nhat Hanh right here indicates tips to triumph over our recurrent stumbling blocks to love—by studying to remember, open, and current with ourselves and others. As he explains, “training is required so one can love safely; and for you to supply happiness and pleasure, you want to perform deep having a look directed towards the individual you're keen on. simply because if you happen to don't realize this individual, you can't love appropriately. figuring out is the essence of love.”

This imperative consultant to loving additionally introduces the 4 key points of affection defined within the Buddhist tradition—loving-kindness, compassion, pleasure, and freedom—and describes many easy and direct ways that we will be able to perform genuine love in our daily lives.

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When we experience loss, we question the meaning of our birth and death and insist that the answer has to come from some suprarational source. But it is difficult to uncover it from this perspective. The meaning of life has to come from within us. And the most satisfying of 40 M AY A L L B E I N G S B E AT P E AC E . those meanings always arise from love: the love of others, the love of work, the love of God, the love of the pilgrimage toward the heart, the love of the art and science of self-discovery.

Mercy is forgiveness or leniency. Sometimes it is even said that it means a boon or blessing-in this case, the boon of mindfulness and the blessing of loving kindness. I'm not suggesting that our grief will completely go away, but rather that it can come to rest in the open heart and softening belly. Memories may always be bittersweet, but we may also find peace flickering at the edges of what once caused us agitation. Healing, then, becomes not the absence of pain but the increased ability to meet it with mercy instead of loathing.

37 7 THE MEAN ING OF L IFE THE MEANING OF LIFE CHANGES WHEN WE CONFRONT LOSS. Our search for meaning and purpose leaves us wandering and bewildered. What was ordinary yesterday becomes precious today, and what was precious yesterday seems dull and lusterless. What we liked becomes uninteresting, but what we loved becomes everything. There is a delicate balance that we need to honor as we try to " find meaning" in any event or state of mind: Many people confuse finding meaning with finding a reason, putting our finger on something or someone for blame.

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