Illustration by Julie Paschkis from Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica
Trust that you have a good and compassionate nature.
You are part of the universe; you are made of stars.
When you look at your loved one, you see that he is also made of stars and carries eternity inside.
Looking in this way, we naturally feel reverence.
True love cannot be without trust and respect for oneself and for the other person.
[The essential mechanism for establishing this trust and respect is listening.]
To know how to love someone, we have to understand them. To understand, we need to listen.
-Thich Nhat Hanh (legendary Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, and peace activist b. October 11, 1926)