About the Book

The Art and Practice of Loving

Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.


One goal transcends all others, one purpose heightens all others, one emotion brings joy to all others: to love fully and without conditions. The most wise men and women of all religious and philosophical traditions have taught the art and practice of loving. Now for the first time, their knowledge has been distilled and collected in this one volume—with 144 practices for cultivating a loving heart.

This is a unique and practical guidebook for loving—deeply and continuously—regardless of what happens to you as you go through life. With the inspiring quotations, valuable exercises, and insightful text of this volume, you can gain the skill and the will to turn living into loving.

Praise for The Art and Practice of Loving

“If you wish to open your heart to love, to explore the depth of your soul, to experience help on your spiritual journey, and to meditate on spiritual truths, then this is the book for you.”
GERALD JAMPOLSKY, M.D., author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear

“Practices and wonderful quotations to help re-open our heart.”
RAM DASS, author of Be Here Now and How Can I Help?

“Andrews provides such a wealth of creative and insightful ideas that his book is likely to change the meaning of your life forever.”
Leading Edge Review

“Through sparkling prose, inspirational quotations, and 144 enlightening practices, Andrews guides us on the path of loving, of living a heartfelt yes in the now, toward a life of deep and continuous love for everyone and everything we ever encounter. If you read one book in your entire life, I’ve yet to see any better than this.”
NICK ENGE, author of the Foreword to the 20th Anniversary Edition

About the Author

Frank Andrews grew up in Manhattan, Kansas. Educated as a scientist, he graduated from Kansas State University and received a Ph.D. from Harvard. He has studied at several major universities in the United States and Europe, has written several books on chemical physics, and has been awarded many honors for his scientific work. Since 1967, he has been a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has been honored with eight major teaching awards, including the 1991 Distinguished Teaching Award, a tribute bestowed by university alumni to a faculty member whose contribution to undergraduate education “has put the campus in the academic spotlight.” He has also taught at Dartmouth, Harvard, and the University of Wisconsin.

Since coming to UCSC, though he has carried the full teaching and research responsibilities of a tenured professor in physical chemistry, his primary field of study and teaching has been general problem-solving, psychological unblocking, choosing and values, and teaching and learning. Relying upon his background as a physical scientist, he searches for ideas and techniques that have power to affect people’s lives. In this work he has read over a thousand books, attended and led thousands of classes and workshops, and counseled thousands of students. This publication is his first book outside the realm of physical chemistry. He writes about loving because he is convinced that it is the most important topic there is.

He and his wife, two daughters, and two granddaughters live in Santa Cruz.

About the Publisher

The Art and Practice of Loving is published by Magic, a 501(c)(3) public service organization in Palo Alto, CA that demonstrates how people use science to more accurately discern and more fully realize value. We welcome your one-time or recurring gifts to Magic on-line using any major credit card at: www.heartfeltyes.com/contribute. It’s easy, and you enjoy the satisfaction of furthering Magic’s work to remedy personal, social, and environmental ills by addressing their roots.
Thank you!

Build a Heartfelt Yes Community

In publishing the twentieth anniversary edition of this book, we aim to bring these powerful ideas to a larger audience, and to create communities of practice based upon these ideas and many others closely related. If you read the book, download it, or buy a hard copy, we consider you a partner in this work. Please tell us about you.