Tag Archives: Thich Nhat Hanh

Impermanence

“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent, when they are not.” ~Thic Nhat Hanh

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Stop

“Meditation is not meant to help us avoid problems or run away from difficulties. It is meant to allow positive healing to take place. To meditate is to learn how to stop– to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past, our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the …

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Resist

“When we are pushed and pulled in many different directions, we lose our sovereignty. We’re not free. Don’t allow yourself to be carried away anymore. Resist. Each mindful step is a step toward freedom.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh  

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:-)

“When we smile, the muscles around our mouth are stretched and relaxed, just like doing yoga. Smiling is mouth yoga. We release the tension from our face as we smile. Others who run into us notice it, even strangers, and are likely to smile back. It is a wonderful chain reaction that we can initiate, …

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Habits 2

“We drink a cup of tea, but we do not know we are drinking a cup of tea. We sit with the person we love, but we don’t know that she is there. We walk, but we are not really walking. We are someplace else, thinking about the past or the future. The horse of …

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Garbage in…

“When we read a magazine, we consume. When we watch a television program, we consume. Whatever we consume affects our body and mind. If we consume toxic magazine articles, movies, or video games, they will feed our craving, our anger, and our fear.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Like a Storm

“When a feeling of sadness, despair, or anger arises, we should stop what we are doing in order to go home to ourselves and take care. We can sit or lie down and begin to practice mindful breathing. The daily practice of breathing can be very helpful. A strong emotion is like a storm, and …

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Who?

“Ask yourself, ‘Who can I make smile this morning?’ This is the art of creating happiness.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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First Victim

“Someone who is angry is someone who doesn’t know how to handle their suffering. They are the first victim of their suffering, and you are actually the second victim. Once we can see this, compassion is born in our heart and anger evaporates. We don’t want to punish them any more, but instead we want …

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Way

“The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives – the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods.”  ~Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Ask the Horse

“There is a Zen story about a man riding a horse that is galloping very quickly. Another man, standing alongside the road, yells at him, ‘Where are you going?’ and the man on the horse yells back, ‘I don’t know. Ask the horse.’ I think that is our situation. We are riding many horses that …

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…smile

“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh, in Being …

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Campaign 2016

“The Buddha spoke gently, “Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, he loses all his freedom. When one becomes dogmatic, he believes his doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy. Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes …

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Gently Remind Ourselves

“When we recognize that we have a habit of replaying old events and reacting to new events as if they were the old ones, we can begin to notice when that habit energy comes up. We can then gently remind ourselves that we have another choice. We can look at the moment as it is, …

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Right Now

“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices …

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Now

“We cannot enjoy life if we spend our time and energy worrying about what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow. If we’re afraid all the time, we miss out on the wonderful fact that we’re alive and can be happy right now.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Seeds of War

The Seeds of War by Thic Nhat Hanh from Shambahala Sun, January 2016 Violence is never far away.  It is possible to identify the seeds of violence in our everyday thoughts, speech, and actions.  We can find these seeds in our own minds, in our attitudes, and in our fears and anxieties about ourselves and …

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Merge

“Opposition between good and bad is often compared to light and dark, but if we look at it in a different way, we see that when light shines, darkness does not disappear.  It doesn’t leave; it merges with the light.  It becomes the light.”  ~Thic Nhat Hanh, quoted in Shambhala Sun, January 2016

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Emotion

“An emotion is only an emotion. It’s just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you’re aware of that, you won’t be afraid of your emotions.”  ~Thích Nhất Hạnh

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I Will Be

“Tomorrow, I will continue to be. But you will have to be very attentive to see me. I will be a flower, or a leaf. I will be in these forms and I will say hello to you. If you are attentive enough, you will recognize me, and you may greet me. I will be …

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