Monday Morning Magic from Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. — This week, we begin a month of celebrating love (why reserve it for just one day?) We couldn’t imagine a better ambassador to explore the magic of romance than #1 New York Times bestselling author Jay Shetty, author of the new book: The 8 Rules of Love.
“During the Coronavirus pandemic, I spent a lot of time thinking about love,” shares the award-winning storyteller, a former monk whose viral videos about peace and purpose have been viewed more than 10 billion times. His first book, Think Like a Monk, was published in September 2020 and distills timeless lessons into practical steps anyone can take to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. His newest tome, 8 Rules of Love, guides us on finding love, keeping it, and letting it go. “So many relationships were challenged or just didn’t make it through lockdown,” observes Shetty, a native of London who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Radhi Devlukia-Shetty. “Some relationships got stronger, sure. But we were all tested.”
To discover how to help people have healthier relationships, Shetty started with a Harvard Medical School study that scientists have worked on since the Great Depression.
“The scientists gathered information over 80 years, and it showed that how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” explains Shetty, who helps readers seize that power in his insightful hardback. Its four sections offer meditations on solitude, compatibility, healing, and connection. His 8 Rules are born of these concepts, ranging from Letting Yourself Be Alone (Rule 1) to Loving Again and Again (Rule 8).
Having spent three years studying the Vedas at a Hindu ashram in Mumbai, Shetty sees life as a series of classrooms. Using a metaphor of connecting ashrams, he teaches us levels of love: Preparing, practicing, protecting, and perfecting it. “The key to a successful, loving relationship is to peel back the layers continuously, he believes. “You reveal a layer; your partner reveals a layer. From there, you figure it out together. And then you do it again.”
We leave you with this parting thought from Jay: “I once read a quote from Muhammad Ali, who said, ‘Service to others is the rent you pay for the room here on earth.’ I hold this dear to my heart because everything we do can be of service. We don’t need to build the biggest charity; we just have to have that spirit and mindset. Any person I meet, I say hello or open the door.”
Until next Monday: May your heart be full and your life packed with love. — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president, Inkandescent® Inc. Inkandescent.us