True Love

by Helen


This neat little hardback book is in a small basket next to my bed along with a handful others. Its such a beautiful book to look at as well as to read I have bought it many times over as gifts for those I care about. Thich Nhat Hanh better known for ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ writes about how we must love the ones we know in a way that they can actually feel it. True Love is a very practical approach to cultivating loving kindness, but it’s a practical approach that does not skip on profundity. There’s a classic line near the start of the book where the author says, “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free,” and in which, as is so often the case, Thich Nhat Hanh finds a fresh, original, and penetrating way of expressing an otherwise elusive truth.

He also teaches us the value of listening to our loved ones. It is easy not to deeply listen to what our nearest and dearest are actually saying to us, or we close our ears to what we sense they may be trying to tell us. Being listened to is for me, the greatest expression of love and kindness and a sign that someone truly cares. This isn’t always necessarily from our wives, husbands and close friends either. My business is customer service, training others to give their best and make a difference. Deep, mindful listening will not only make your customers feel instantly valued, but, with practice, will alert you on other levels to what it is they truly need. (Kerching! Just kidding).