"Love Without Knowing How to Love Wounds the Other Person": A Quick Meditation on Loving
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We recently came across an article on the nature of love from the perspective of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk. He explained, profoundly and simply, that "understanding is love's other name".
Understanding someone's suffering is the best gift you can give another person
Since this is easier said than done for most of us (no, you are not alone!), Thich Nhat Hanh offers a helpful metaphor for us to meditate on during times of doubt:
"If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash and drink. The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform. When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. We can't accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. But when our hearts expand, these same things don't make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others. We accept others as they are, and then they have the chance to transform."
For more heart-expanding quotes on love and understanding, visit the full article on Ideapod.com here.