A Practice for Awakening the Heart
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In this little treasure Thich Nhat Hanh offers a Buddhist view of love along with techniques for manifesting it in our daily lives. In his characteristically direct simple and compassionate style he explores the four key aspects of love as described in the Buddhist tradition: lovingkindness compassion joy and freedom. In order to love in a real way Thich Nhat Hanh explains we need to learn how to be fully present in our lives. In True Love he offers readers the technique of conscious breathing as a method for synchronizing the mind and body to establish the conditions of love. He goes on to offer a mantra practice for generating love that consists of expressing four key statements or intentions in our relationships. These include: "Dear one I am really there for you"; "Dear one I know that you are there and I am really happy about it"; "Dear one I know that you are suffering and that is why I am here for you"; and "Dear one I am suffering please help me." In the concluding section of the book Thich Nhat Hanh explains how love can help us to heal our own pain fear and negativity. He explains that we must not regard negative emotions as bad and repress them. We must recognize them as part of us and allow them into our consciousness where they can be cared for by the "loving mother of mindfulness."
- Shambhala Publications, September 2010
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