Wednesday, October 6, 2021

How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Love (2014) is a book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn that provides guidance to nourish happiness and love in our lives. He begins by explaining that we must expand our hearts to increase our abilities to understand and accept others and to be compassionate. By doing so, we can transform and prevent our own suffering. In turn, by accepting and understanding those around us, we can help them grow in positive ways as well.

Thich Nhat Hanh explains that true love has four elements, namely: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. When love has these four elements, it can heal and transform us. He explains that we must first accept ourselves to generate our own moments of kindness, understanding, joy, and happiness, and then we can offer these same elements to those around us.

This book is a wonderful reminder of many ideas and truths that we may know internally, but rarely articulate. The book is short and the ideas are presented in a simple, fully understandable way. Putting the ideas into practice requires contemplation, reflection, and intention. It’s a profound and encouraging book, one that’s worth revisiting.

Purchase and read books by Thich Nhat Hahn from his Mindfulness Essentials Series:

How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh How to Connect by Thich Nhat Hanh How to Fight by Thich Nhat Hanh

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