Book Review: Learning To Love You More

On July 30, 2013


My first foray into self love and spirituality didn’t come from Louise Hay or Marianne Williamson.  It came from conceptual artists like Yoko Ono and Miranda July.  They were the first people that opened my eyes to the divine.  The people who made me made me realize that everything is connected and  the universe is full of magic and miracles.

So as it would happen, just as I needed a miracle, I came across this book, Learning to Love You More by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher.  I bought it about 5 years ago and shortly thereafter lost someone very close to me.  He was young, talented, and fully of life.  It was impossible to make sense of his death.  Shortly thereafter it seemed like everything in my life fell apart.  I left my career in fashion, I moved back home with my parents, and separated myself from all my friends in NYC.  I was lost.

The book got shelved, until now.  When I picked it up today I flipped it over and read the back cover which lists the instructions/contents for the book.  It reads as follows:

Take a picture of your parents kissing.  Write the phone call you wish you could have.  Give advice to yourself in the past.  Recreate a poster you had as a teenager.  Take a picture of strangers holding hands.  Ask your family to describe what you do.  Write your life story in less than a day.  Photograph a significant outfit.  Recreate an object from someone’s past.  Write down a recent argument.  Make an encouraging banner.

I’m a visual person, and the self-helpster in me loves affirmations so I was most taken with the last one.

People who come to my apartment always comment on the fact that I have a lot of words-as-art.  I’m also a bit forgetful and need reminders that I should ” Just Ask”, “Carpe That F%cking Diem”, every time I look in the mirror I see “You’re Perfect” and above my desk I have a constant reminder to “breathe, my dear” because “I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference”.

I love Learning to Love You More so much, I want to continue to explore the assignments.  I’ll keep you posted as I go through them on my own and encourage you to do the same.  I’m still figuring out what my encouraging banner will be.  I used to live with a “congratulations” banner over my door because, what the hell, I’m sure I did something congratulatory and it’s just nice to have positive reinforcement as you go about your day.

What would your encouraging banner say?  Do you already have one?  Will you show me?

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