A Little Book of Love: Heart Advice on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World (Hardcover)
In the Buddhist tradition, love is not just a feeling but a way of being present with ourselves and others. This book offers practical advice on how to cultivate love, how to deepen it, and how to let it flower in our lives.
We may feel great love for our partners, our children, and our friends, but how do we put that love into action so that others are nurtured by it? And what about loving ourselves? How can we develop greater self-acceptance and self-compassion? Meditation teacher Moh Hardin offers key insights and practices from the Buddhist tradition for deepening our relationships and finding true fulfillment in our lives.
Simple Buddhist practices for awakening the heart
How and why to become your own best friend
Finding freedom from destructive patterns in relationships
Listening and speaking with love
Loving and letting go
Hardin ultimately introduces the inspiring idea of becoming a "bodhisattva warrior," a person who commits to living open-heartedly and working to ease the suffering of the world. Written with unusual clarity, simplicity, and warmth, this little book contains a wealth of wisdom and guidance that could change your life.
About the Author
Moh Hardin is an acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. The son of a Methodist minister, he graduated from Duke University with a BA in music. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and teaches Buddhism and meditation frequently in Canada and the United States.
“In a fresh, down-to-earth voice, Moh Hardin presents Buddhist teachings on turning a life of speed and stress into an experience of gentleness, openness, and wisdom.”—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
“A wonderfully heartfelt and heart-centered manual. Hardin shows how love can be fully do-able and be-able by all of us. I found this little book big in wisdom and deeply encouraging.”—David Richo, author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships
“Combined with brief but practical exercises for meditation and actualization, Mr. Hardin’s small guide should prove beneficial to anyone seeking a handbook for one way out of egotism toward a self-confident, other-directed practice of Buddhist compassion. This path, as directed in this little book, may generate more happiness beginning with the reader and then circling outward.”—New York Journal of Books
“This is a delightful book based on Buddhist teachings about using love and the power of love to create happiness in our lives. The belief here, and I think it’s a good one, is that love has the ability to transform not only on a personal level, but on a global level. With so much chaos and stress in the world today, the message in this book is more important than ever. Buy it for yourself and give it as a gift. It tugged at my heart.”—The Messenger
“It is not necessary to have a Buddhist background to benefit from Hardin’s encouraging words. He is able to discuss complex topics using simple words and ideas. His practical suggestions can be done by any reader interested in learning more about love.”—Portland Book Review
“Whether he’s addressing listening and speaking with love or building trust or letting go—[Hardin] always has practical and transformative suggestions.”—Shambhala Sun
“Hardin’s book is a delightful reminder that ‘Love is not just a feeling we have toward our spouse, our family, or our friends. Love is a way of being present and awake in the world together.’ A wonderful book for a gift, or for the bedside table.”—Nexus