Love

Why do we fall in love

David Servan-Schreiber, France

(Submitted by the Art of Living Team)

Michael is a well-known New York psychotherapist. He’s 45 and recently divorced. Since he’s a therapist and understands the importance of positive thinking, he describes himself as “in between relationships.” A rational man but a romantic at heart, Michael is keen to fall in love again. I asked him what he’s learned about the stormy relationships between men and women that will help him find someone new. Why do we fall in love?

Why it is wise to worship a woman

Arjuna Ardagh, England

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

A few days ago, after a particularly exquisite evening with my wife Chameli, I put this post up on Facebook before going to bed: “I have had many, many great teachers in my life. A super abundance. No one and nothing comes close to the woman who is now asleep in the bedroom. My marriage has become the guru, the salvation, the muse, the crack through which the divine shines through.”

Walking Marriages

Yang Erche Namu, Lake Lugu, Eastern Himalayas, China.

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

In our Moso language there are no words for husband, wife, jealousy or fidelity; women make all the decisions about who they go with and who they stay with. A man may be an azhu, a close male friend, but that’s as close as we get to any form of marital obligation.

Cherry trees

Pablo Neruda, Chile

(Submitted by Claudio Mittening, Chile)

I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

A magnificent interweaving

Michel Houellebecq, France

(Submitted by Céline Lambert, France)

Love binds while evil unravels. Separation is another word for evil; it is also another word for deceit. All that exists is a magnificent interweaving, vast and reciprocal.

Intimacy

Deepak Chopra, India

(Originally published by kind permission of Deepak Chopra in 'The Art of Living')

The Latin word intimus, from which we get the word intimacy, means ‘the innermost.’ So intimacy is the experience of allowing our innermost self to be touched by the world, to be moved, to be transformed. Ecstasy is the experience of total intimacy - with God, with nature, with life, with the universe - but above all, with ourselves.

Present

Osho, India

(Submitted by Mary Goudie, New Zealand)

To love is to be present.

That something

Paul Auster, USA

(Submitted by Morgan Zaylor, USA)

I had jumped off the edge, and then, at the very last moment, something reached out and caught me in mid-air. That something is what I define as love. It is the one thing that can stop a man from falling, powerful enough to negate the laws of gravity.

Looking for gold

Joan Vinyoli, Spain

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

We were looking for gold and went down the mine.
And the darkness lit up all of a sudden,
Because there were the two of us contradicting the night.

The Art of Forgiving

Susyn Reeve, USA

The art of living is truly the art of loving, and the art of loving requires forgiveness. We all know we are supposed to forgive. It is part of every religious tradition. So why then is it so hard and seemingly unattainable? Humans seem to be the only species with the capacity to hurt ourselves over and over again by reactivating painful emotions based on past events, and experiencing continued suffering in the present. Yes, it is true that humans commit heinous acts that hurt others and themselves.

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