“With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk fondly referred to as Thay, is a world-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader and author. I first heard of him when I received his book ‘Peace is every step’ as a gift from my then husband (life and it’s ironies). It was the first time I got introduced to the word ‘mindfulness’. Until then I knew of only the ‘mind’ being ‘full’ of noises.
Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment!
Thay’s key teaching is to inculcate the practice of mindfulness through which we can learn to live in peace and happiness. We are so busy getting an education and a job and material possessions, that we forget living the present moment – the only moment there is for us to be alive. He highlights some of the ways we can learn to be mindful through conscious breathing, thinking less, meditating and nourishing our awareness of the moment.
There is nothing to chase after. We can go back to ourselves, enjoy our breathing, our smiling, ourselves and our beautiful environment.
His teachings are not just theoretical but they highlight the simple ways we can be mindful and aware in our daily activities – while walking, while eating, while driving or even while washing the dishes. We don’t have to be sitting only in a meditation hall to feel peace and happiness. It is available to us at every given moment.
Being passionate about calligraphy, I also enjoy his calligraphic works and how effortlessly they flow through his hands. It a mindful art of Nhat Hanh that captures and expresses his lifetime of meditative insights, peace and compassion.
Listening to his words of immense wisdom infused with a sense of calm and a bit of humour, has been extremely soothing to the chaotic mind. He is a spiritual leader I truly admire and follow.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
“Wearing a smile on your face is a sign that you are master of yourself.”
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Look at some of his bestsellers here: http://amzn.to/2p7Xuda
This post is part of the #AtoZChallenge 2017 Blogging from A to Z: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.
I write about my spiritual and personal growth influences from A to Z.
My previous posts in chronology:
- A New Earth
- Brahma Kumaris
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Dialogue with Death
- Eat Pray Love
- Finding a purpose in life
- Healing with Chakras
- I Believe in Angels
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull
- Kahlil Gibran
- Lisa Nichols
- Neale Donald Walsch
- Oprah & Deepak Meditations
- Power of Positive Thinking
- Quotes, my favourite ones
- Rhonda Byrne ‘The Secret’ and ‘The Magic’
- SKY by Santosh Joshi