Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. The following are my personal and honest opinions.
“Love Your Enemies” by Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman explores the concept of unconditional love and practical ways to try it in our lives. It also goes into reasons why we should consider trying it. Depending on your perspective, you might think that it sounds sweet or foolish.
Either way, the authors take us through four chapters explaining why and how we can use unconditional love if we want to.
This book really made me think about the barriers that I put up and made me more aware of my judging, negative and harsh thoughts while I have them. I’ve learned some different ways of processing what I go through. Instead of feeling even more down when we catch ourselves being negative, the book encourages us to realize that it’s perfectly okay.
Life is about ups and downs, pleasant and unpleasant feelings/situations/experiences, good days and bad days, times when we’re proud of ourselves and other times when we’re frustrated or overwhelmed. All of it is part of life, and these are natural. It’s the human experience and EVERYONE goes through the whole slew of emotions (disappointed, furious, grief-stricken, relaxed, lighthearted, delighted).
The authors say that wherever we are is the perfect place to start and that finding meaning in what we go through can help us feel more at peace.
I recommend this book if you wonder what to do about the “not so pretty” side of yourself – the habits, biases, etc. that put up walls between you and other people. All those things you do that contribute to your isolation/alienation/disenchantment and diminish your ability to have real connections with other people.