Reading: Mindfulness and Love
Often times we take for granted life itself and how quickly everything moves around us, the stress, the pressure, the insecurities all thrown in together, we forget to practice a little kindness to ourselves and mindfully live the present moment. This series of Self Care Ted talks are also brilliant for emotional band aid and self esteem reassurance.
I’ve been picking up the reading on what my friend calls “shelf help”, but mostly philosophical Buddhist books to help live the fullest, most open, kind life.
Picked up Moh Hardin’s A Little Book of Love: Heart Advice on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World at the new Macau Taipa library which talks also about mindfulness – this book was written in the 1990s, so it feels like a current big revival on living and how it’s so trendy these days to drop the word. Read it in one sitting before bedtime and highly recommend it, super easy read.
A soft plug for one of my best friend’s store in Singapore, Caroline at Arete Culture who packed a 20kg box of stuff for me to travel back to Macau with and we had several calls and skype sessions with on how to do up our unfurnished apartment, which was a bitch of a stretch given my penchant for knick knacks and all sorts of travel souvenirs put together without careful (or stylishly professional!) thought. Beautiful shell jewellery box and shell candle holders from her store, black and white orchid framed photo by her partner Christina Jensen. The rest is all part of my travel and moving history!
While reading Moh’s book, I also stumbled on a recommendation of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “How to Love” book which also touches on the fundamentals of living life Mindfully, also another book written more than two decades ago.