It’s so easy to focus on the pain, the challenges, and what’s going wrong – but that won’t lead you to happiness. Mindfulness is the foundation of happiness. Focus on what’s going RIGHT and everything changes. Hope it inspires you to keep moving forward – the ONLY direction!
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Comment: How do you practice being mindful? Do you have any strategies that help you stay focused on the right and not the wrong?
In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. In his book, Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh discusses solutions and action steps to universal challenges and issues that we face as humans. These challenges and issues include: overcoming anxiety, fear, and depression and how to feel more fulfilled, calm, and happy in the present moment; understanding anger and learning how to live in a more compassionate, blissful state; and bringing peace to both our inner and outer worlds with every step we take in life.
One of the fundamental lessons that Thich Nhat Hanh communicates in his book is that any large scale change – on a community or global level – must (and always) starts with the individual. Peace work is not a means, Nhat Hanh reminds us, it is the way. In the forward to the book, the Dalai Lama introduces this point and discusses the importance of becoming a more compassionate, mindful, and peaceful person and the ripples that our actions have on the larger scale. He says: Continue reading
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
Book Overview: In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book: 13 Powerful Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Happiness, Anger, and Peace /// Focus on what’s going RIGHT – The Power of Mindfulness [VIDEO]. /// Don’t Miss the Flower – A Short Zen Story from Thich Nhat Hanh
“If we become angry at our anger, we will have two angers at the same time. We only have to observe it with love and attention. If we take care of our anger in this way, without trying to run away from it, it will transform itself. This is peacemaking. If we are peaceful in ourselves, we can make peace with our anger. We can deal with depression, anxiety, fear, or any unpleasant feeling in the same way.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step
“The foundation of happiness is mindfulness. The basic condition for being happy is our consciousness of being happy. If we are not aware that we are happy, we are not really happy. When we have a toothache, we know that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. But when we do not have a toothache, we are still not happy. A non-toothache is very pleasant. There are so many things that are enjoyable, but when we don’t practice mindfulness, we don’t appreciate them. When we practice mindfulness, we come to cherish these things and we learn how to protect them. By taking good care of the present moment, we take good care of the future. Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step
“In our daily lives, we may see the people around us, but if we lack mindfulness, they are just phantoms, not real people, and we ourselves are also ghosts. Practicing mindfulness enables us to become a real person. When we are a real person, we see real people around us, and life is present in all its richness.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step
“We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step
Social media seems to have developed a stigma, especially with certain folks, that it’s purely distractive and purely a waste of time.
…I admit that I’ve taken that stance before, but now I see that social media is not purely distractive or a waste of time, but rather is purely what you make it.
It’s a platform.
…Just like the raised surface that a person uses when they are trying to communicate an idea to an audience.
A person can stand up on a platform and say boring, irrelevant, energy draining things – or they can stand up and say exciting, interesting, action-oriented things.
It’s up to the person on the platform to choose what they want to say and it’s up to the audience to give them feedback as to whether or not they want to hear more or less of that in the future.
Give a person an audience and they will continue to say more of what captivated that audience. Take the audience away and they will quickly seek to change their presentation.
“What is the secret to the art of life? The secret is this – live in full awareness. Don’t grope in the darkness; don’t walk in sleep; walk in awareness. Whatsoever you do, no matter what it is – even if it is as insignificant as opening and closing your eyes – do it thoughtfully, do it with awareness. Who knows, everything may depend on that tiny action, on opening and closing your eyes. You may be walking along the road and see a woman, and you may spend your whole life with her! Even opening and closing your eyes, stay alert.” ~ Osho, The Art of Living and Dying
Take a look at the world around you…
No, seriously. Look up from the screen and look at the world around you for just a quick minute.
Good. Now, take a minute to think about how you would look at the same surroundings if I told you you had 60 seconds left to live.
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…And you weren’t allowed to do anything but soak in the world through your senses.
No calls. No actions. No wishes.
The world would look very different wouldn’t it?
As creatures of habit we spend the majority of our days following generally the same routines which, through their repetitive nature, desaturate the beauty and awe of life that is packed into every moment we’re alive.
…If we let it.
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Imagine that you’re going on a hike in nature with a group of people that are important to you.
Imagine that you get to the head of the trail and everybody is finishing packing their gear, exchanging some jokes, checking supplies, and getting ready to enjoy a day out in the wilderness.
Then, all-of-a-sudden, one of the people in your group yells out:
“I’LL RACE YOU ALL TO THE END!”
How might you respond?
Would you want to race or would you want to take your time? Why?
If you did choose to race each other, would it still be considered a hike?
At the end of the day, how might you feel having raced? Having hiked?
Here’s what I think: Continue reading
Eyes communicate priority. If you’re in a conversation with somebody who’s checking their phone, the conversation isn’t the priority.
In the martial arts school where I teach, we have 3 rules for concentration that we teach to our students: Focus your eyes; focus your mind; and focus your body.
If your eyes are focused, your mind will focus. And if your mind is focused, your body will focus. And if those three things are working together in harmony, you will have excellent concentration.
But it all starts with the eyes.
And in today’s world, it’s so easy to have unfocused eyes! Continue reading