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Love yourself

Psychologies Editor, Suzy Greaves, learns the art of authentic connection, and that it is the gateway to freedom and happiness, from a world-renowned teacher


No doubt about it, I’d had a tough day. I was facing big challenges at work and home. I’d thrown a handful of books into my bag that I needed to read before a meeting the following day, and was slumped on the sofa, feeling defeated. I started Real Love: The Art Of Authentic Connection by Sharon Salzberg (Pan Macmillan, £14.99, out 1 June) and it was exactly what I needed to read at that moment: ‘You are a person worthy of love. You don’t have to do anything to deserve it. You do not have to earn love. You simply have to exist.’

I read it in one sitting, weeping, laughing and nodding. As Editor of Psychologies, I meet incredible people and read inspiring books daily, but this is one that I will have by my bedside for years. In these turbulent times, wisdom is the currency on which we should put the highest value, and this book explores the wisdom of true connection – encouraging us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, to help us create deeper connections with others and, most importantly, ourselves.

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