Love Redefined: Three great books on love
These three gems are great reads for those trying to cultivate love in their lives. Each of the authors have different approaches that lead to the same conclusion: love is our supreme emotion.
Thich Nhat Hanh writes that in order to love correctly (and yes, there is a wrong way to love) one must be present. The Buddhist monk's explores the four fundamental aspects of love: loving kindness, compassion, joy and freedom in this tiny book. If the love (s) you have in your life are not offering you those four key components, or if you find yourself not being able to offer the kind of love that as those essential ingredients, read Hanh's sweet book. It's a timeless gem that I always go back to again and again.
The Mastery of Love
Don Miguel Ruiz
The Toltec master knows how to weave a beautiful story. His view is that our paranoia about being hurt keeps us in a negative cycle of behaviours--we hurt or are afraid of being hurt so we hurt others as a protective mechanism. I love this passage: "We can talk about love and write a thousand books about it, but love will be completely different for each of us because we have to experience love. Love is not about concepts: love is about action. Love in action can only produce happiness..."
Barbara I. Fredrickson's latest work brings the topic of love home and it's a great read of the cynic within. Those who need proof of how love affects the body and chemistry of the brain need especially to read this book. Fredrickson makes it clear again and again that love is our supreme emotion, and she offers a new and bold if not urgent redefinition of love arguing eloquently how love needs to be upgraded. He definition of love: love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being...." and "Love blossoms virtually anytime two or more people--even strangers--connect over a shared positive emotion be it mild or strong."