Yes, it’s been a while since I truly wrote a blog piece and I’m sorry. I’ve had one of the biggest periods of life change that I have ever had. This ushered me into making a lot of significant changes and establishing I guess a new me, a new way of being and working to hopefully be of some use to someone somewhere once again.
The good news is that I’m getting there and things are nearly moving in the right direction and, to the point of the post, I’ve been catching up on reading and reflecting and have recently read this **Brain Pickings article introducing ‘The Art of Loving’. A masterwork by German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, Eric Formm.
The article starts with a powerful statement by the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and on to Fromm’s insight that the problem with ‘loving’ in modern society is that we expect it by chance which greatly whets the whistle for the interested reader – me.
To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love – Thich Nhat Hanh.
The masterwork is a…
“…case for love as a skill to be honed the way artists apprentice themselves to the work on the way to mastery, demanding of its practitioner both knowledge and effort.”
I guess some of us are more practised and maybe have roles models than others.
If you are like me, you might consider yourself outgoing, caring, even loving to family and the right people. But what is the definition of truly loving? Is there one way?
Consider the wide range of personalities and conditions out there in the world. I mean, we’ve all got a past and we’ve all had our trials, failures and successes – some are lucky enough to have made it and kept it leaving others asking why? How…?
You don’t know what you don’t know and, even for those who have made it, it’s worth reading this article and what have you got to lose by reading the book?
I’ve ordered mine and it isn’t going to be no ‘Shelf-Help’! Update: the featured image is me with my copy…
Get The Book
**Brain Pickings for those who haven’t heard of it is a wonderful onsite that reviews and brings to light a wide range of meaningful published work from an even wider range of authors – including (but not limited to) poets, public figures and philosophers. Definitely a saviour or the Tube. I clip my article to an app called Pocket which saves them offline for those time you have no signal…