Martin Luther King re Thich Nhat Hanh

“Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity” – Martin Luther King, Jr, in Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

How to calm negative energy

There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it.

You recognize it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it; you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Being in touch with Healing Elements The…

Being in touch with Healing Elements

“The blue sky, the flower, the river, the cloud, these things have a healing nature. If you allow yourself to be in touch with these healing elements, the wounds within your body and your mind will be healed. We should allow ourselves to be healed, and therefore, we should allow ourselves to be in the heart of life, which contains so many wonderful things, like the children, the flower, and so on…”

“The seeds in our consciousness can function like anti-bodies. What is important is that you continue to plant new seeds, the kind of seeds that are both refreshing and healing. And if you just do that, by practicing mindful living so that you can be in touch with the flower, with the cypress tree, with the fresh air, with the beautiful eyes of the children, then these seeds will be planted in yourself, and they will naturally take care of the seeds of your suffering. You don’t even have to touch them. And that is something I think the practice of Buddhism can contribute to psychotherapy in the west.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Knock knock are you there Hilarious and brilliant…

Knock, knock – are you there?

Hilarious (and brilliant) quote from the widely revered Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh;

” Descartes said ‘I think therefore I am,’ but it is really, ‘I do too much thinking so I think that I’m not there'”.

“There is no single entity whose identity is…

“There is no single entity whose identity is changeless. All things are constantly changing. Nothing endures forever or contains a changeless element called a “self.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Thundering Silence: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake

Somehow in the process of trying to deny…

Somehow, in the process of trying to deny that things are always changing, we lose our sense of the sacredness of life. We tend to forget that we are part of the natural scheme of things. – Pema Chodron

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. – Thich Nhat Hanh

I have noticed that some people are uncomfortable when they are told that change is a fundamental part of life, or that nothing lasts forever. Yet impermanence is just a basic fact of our existence – it is neither good nor bad in itself. When we face impermanence wisely, we have an opportunity to cultivate a more constructive way of relating to that reality. If we do so, we can actually learn to feel at ease in the face of unexpected change, and work comfortably with whatever new situations might occur. -17th Karmapa

It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not. Thich Nhat Hanh

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

  • Heraclitus

Source – http://blisshabits.com/2014/03/why-you-must-open-the-door-to-this-chaotic-tango-of-change/

JUXTAPOSITION well fancy that People have a hard…

JUXTAPOSITION – well fancy that!

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Another way of describing the pain-body is this: the addiction to unhappiness. – Eckhart Tolle

SUBLIME SIMPLICITY The practice of Plum Village…

SUBLIME SIMPLICITY

“The practice of Plum Village is; “I have arrived.” –

When you breathe in you take refuge in the in-breath and say, “I have arrived”

When you take a step you take refuge in your step and you say, “I have arrived.”

This is not a statement – to yourself, another or the Press.

It means I have stopped running. It means I have arrived in the present moment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Youtube video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhHL30XWoW8#t=566

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO BREATHE Someone asked Eckhart…

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO BREATHE?

Someone asked Eckhart Tolle if he could recommend one or two courses. His reply, “Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able… Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending any course.” A New Earth p244

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
― Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. He also says; “Breath is my anchor.”

PS Breath is also the number 1 nutrient!

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