Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life [BOOKS] ✭ Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life Author Thich Nhat Hanh – In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment Worldrenowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive u Every Step: Epub â In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment Worldrenowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows Peace Is PDF or 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 Is Every Step: PDF/EPUB ✓ 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 nowLucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the mindless into the mindFUL.

10 thoughts on “Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

  1. Fergus Fergus says:

    One spectacular autumn day about twenty years ago, my wife and I departed from the awesome Saguenay valley for the long trip back to Ontario, by Greyhound coach.

    We had been visiting my mother-in-law, who was then living in a seniors’ home. I remember well that my brother-in-law had made the faux pas of dropping us off at the city bus depot instead of the Greyhound stop.

    Boy, did we have to scramble...

    But we made it with time to spare!

    Once seated in that high coach, as we went our long, fascinated way through that spectacular region of the Canadian Shield, a line of Mallarme came to me, as we passed beneath the endless ranks of towering evergreens:

    “Already it is the Home of all our True Groves!”

    You see, this primitive splendour was much like the Heaven of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, for Peace had descended over me like a sudden benediction.

    And it stuck around that day.

    And this book, too, is all about finding Peace.

    A peace that’s so deucedly difficult to find in this harried, mixed-up world of ours. Yes, that faraway lucky day I found it - and you can too!

    So thank you, my dear and gentle friend from over on the other, war-torn side of the twentieth century world...

    Only today have I remembered how I savoured your hopeful words in this book so many years ago.

    But with those wonderful memories there springs up the bitter taste of the hard and unforgiving workaday world I daily inhabited at that time.

    And as the noise of that world rose to a deafening crescendo, I turned - and this will sound strange to your saintly ears - to the comfort of an old-fashioned duality, in my former traditional faith.

    That will sound ominous to someone like you, in your nondual and nonjudgemental world!

    But I was getting old and cranky, and I saw that the very real harm that people were doing to each other was growing, not shrinking.

    You see, my quiet friend, there seemed no recourse for me to combat Evil other than with the Goodness of God. As plainly and obviously as I could - with all my heart AND mind!

    And your views were too gently vague for that.

    You see, ours is such an hard, ironclad world, and this world WINKS at Evil.

    Yet I offer to you today my heartfelt thanks for showing me the beginnings of the Way of the Spirit...

    Please know that, now that I am an old man, we aged somewhat similarly. My feeble muscles mimic your peaceful gestures, and my illusions, like yours, have all but disappeared.

    And now you have gone, and I can look a bit further along in my life, and see the quiet radiance of Eternity not much farther ahead of me!

    It has been a long road.

    And it was worth it, though for you it came after the simple stubbornness of lifelong forbearance, humility and service. But for undisciplined me, it comes now after a hard lifelong struggle to do the right thing in a mixed-up world.

    It was - yes, you’re right - a struggle against myself!

    But nature and God have done their work, and have nearly worn out my self out in spite of myself. But I have yet to learn to listen at all times to that still, quiet voice within.

    So go in peace, my friend.

    You did your work well.

    You gave the world - and me - the Hope of Peace in place of the world’s Endless Violent Rage.

  2. Kris Kris says:

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  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    I first read this book in college, when my friend Maran told me it was her favorite book ever. It's a little book, and I finished it quickly, and while I really liked it, not much of it stuck with me. It wasn't until I read it again that I realized how genius it really is. I'm never going to be a Buddhist monk, or even a proper Buddhist, but Thich Nhat Hanh talks about slowing down, connecting with the moment, and how to deal with stress and negative emotions in such a loving, gentle way that it feels like anyone could do it.

  4. laura laura says:

    'when you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. you look into the reasons it is not doing well. it may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. you never blame the lettuce. yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. but if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. that is my experience. no blame, no reasoning, nor arguments, just understanding. if you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.'

    thich nhat hanh
    peace is every step

    i read this book about a thousand years ago, and then the other day a friend of mine gave me the most wonderful gift-- she handed me this book, my own book, from my own shelf. it can look and read like something a little embarrassing-- an easy self-help manual, or treacly pop buddhism. i can't answer this except to say, somewhat vaguely, that this is that rarest thing-- a simple book that rewards multiple readings. while a first reading may provide a facile sense of revelation, i suppose that the only real transformative power comes with simple repetition (which is only to be expected, given the central role of simple repetition in buddhist pratice, as i understand it).

  5. Jessaka Jessaka says:

    Peace is every step that you make
    when you take your brother's hand
    and give him a plate of food
    or a handful of clothing

    And the peace is there
    when you shelter him from the storm
    whether it is in his heart or on the land

    Peace is every step when you breathe
    in and when you breathe out
    not thinking of your anger
    only of solutions.

    And when you shelter yourself
    from the storm
    you shelter all by
    giving them a way to continue on.

    written by Jessica slade 2017

    Many years have passed since I was at Deer Park Monastery. The first time I went I just thought of going,
    for it was a leaving time for me as well as a beginning.

    I sat in the meditation room waiting for a dharma talk to begin when Thich Nhat Hanh walked into the room. He walked in peacefulness, and when he talked it is was only of kindness.

    I never saw him again for I only went several more times to his monastery, and I never knew when he would be back in town. Only his disciples knew.

    I loved many of the Buddhist teachings, but I had a few of my own beliefs that I could never relinquished, not that I was asked . Some are in the poem here; others are in my heart.

  6. Chanita.Shannon Chanita.Shannon says:

    Thich Nhat Hanh's writing is deceptive in its subtlety. He'll go on and on with stories about tree-hugging or metaphors involving raw potatoes; he'll tell you how to eat mindfully, even how to breathe and walk; he'll suggest looking closely at a flower and to see the sun as your heart. As the Zen teacher Richard Baker commented, however, Nhat Hanh is a cross between a cloud, a snail, and piece of heavy machinery. Sooner or later, it begins to sink in that Nhat Hanh is conveying a depth of psychology and a world outlook that require nothing less than a complete paradigm shift. Through his cute stories and compassionate admonitions, he gradually builds up to his philosophy of interbeing, the notion that none of us is separately, but rather that we inter-are. The ramifications are explosive. How can we mindlessly and selfishly pursue our individual ends, when we are inextricably bound up with everyone and everything else? We see an enemy not as focus of anger but as a human with a complex history, who could be us if we had the same history. Suffice it to say, that after reading Peace Is Every Step, you'll never look at a plastic bag the same way again, and you may even develop a penchant for hugging trees. --Brian Bruya

  7. PlatKat PlatKat says:

    This book is full of beneficial guidelines for living a mindful, peaceful life and helping those around you do the same. Even if it confirms what you already know, it is a pleasurable read and a beautiful inspiration to actively appreciate the positive aspects of living.

    Like most other Buddhist works, it is centered around living in the present. I wasn't expecting him to devote a section to the idea of hope as an obstacle, but it made good sense. It's very easy to keep looking toward tomorrow, wishing for better days, but in doing that you're practicing avoidance. Facing your current situation and dealing with it head-on isn't always easy, but it's heavily encouraged here.

    I also appreciated Thich Nhat Hanh's encouragement to eliminate distractions. We waste so much time being entertained that we forget to live our own lives to the fullest. Not being a fan of most television programming myself, I am all for turning off the TV and foregoing the 40,000 some-odd murders we see a year, the 80,000 or so companies shoving products and services in our faces that we must buy now, and the made-up numbers I use to talk about these unnecessary absurdities.

    What's more dangerous than violence and guerrilla advertising, I think, is what we neglect when we decide we'd rather be entertained than really alive. When we fall into the fantasy worlds TV, games, and online environments provide, we are putting aside the important people who comprise our actual worlds. If you have 30 minutes to kill, why not take a walk or write a letter to someone you haven't seen in awhile? Even if you're dirt poor and in the middle of nowhere, you can still meditate. It'll clear out your mind and improve your mood over whatever the latest reality show is pushing.

    Another main point of this book is to deepen your understanding of your friends and enemies alike. And then, it's not enough to just understand, you have to act on this understanding. In order to reconcile your differences, you have to talk to the other person to test your real strength. Having the peace of mind to do this in a calm, well-executed fashion is tough, but when you come upon challenges like this, it is comforting to have this simple yet powerful book to lay the framework for some good meditation sessions.

    Peace Is Every Step came at a good time for me. At this point in my life where everything seems to be in upheaval, it's nice to remember that I can decide to be centered whenever I want. I need not depend on outside circumstances or other people to relax and find my own true happiness.

  8. Hákon Gunnarsson Hákon Gunnarsson says:

    This is the second Thich Nhat Hanh book I read in a a month, and I have to say I like his writing. This book is a bit simpler than the one I read last. It doesn’t cover as much ground, but what it does cover, it does so beautifully.

    He talks about his view of life, activism, and Buddhism without being overly preachy. And he also talks about his life, and he has lead an interesting one. Because of his work during the Vietnam war he can’t go back to his native country. It seems that because he and his followers didn’t take sides during the war they got into trouble with both sides.

    Peace is every step is an idea that is central to his views on life. Peace and mindfulness isn’t something to do just at a specific place, but rather something to keep with you at all times, in every step.

    When he started to talk about anger, and how that can rule a person, I couldn’t help thinking about the news that we are bombarded with every day. There are so many people that let anger, and hate do their driving, too many resorting to killing because of it. How much of it, is their anger, and how much of it is inherited? However a person gets to the point of letting their anger do the driving, it too often ends up making things even worse.

    In short, this book is not that heavy on Buddhism. It centers more around mindfulness, and how to find it. There are times when he paint a little bit too rosy picture for me, but most of the time I just think what he says is beautiful, and I think he does have a point about a lot of things. I really liked it. I’d recommend it to anyone that is interested in mindfulness.

  9. Gretchen Gretchen says:

    I can't tell if he sounds pop because pop-buddism followed him or if he is advocating buddism lite. He ideas are certainly beautiful and his personal history is amazing (though a few less references by his followers to his nomination for a nobel peace prize would be welcome). My problem comes from the fact that I'm not sure I could be around him or those who follow him for long without going batshit crazy. Maybe i am not that peaceful

  10. Maureen Maureen says:

    Some of Thich Nhat Hanh's writings are mostly informational, like Old Path, White Clouds, his biography of the Buddha. Others, like this book, are meant to be experienced.

    In each short section of this book, Thich Nhat Hanh tells a story, or seeks to describe an experience to which the reader may relate. Some of them, like washing the dishes, deal with being in the present moment, and being deeply involved in whatever one is doing solely for the joy of having that experience. Others, like his descriptions of a sheet of paper or eating a tangerine, show the interconnectedness of life. In the case of the sheet of paper, the sun, the rain, the tree, the man who cut the tree down, and other factors go into the making of the paper. Without the non-paper elements, the paper would not be.

    Contemplation of a tangerine is another favorite: one day Thich Nhat Hanh gave some children tangerines. They contemplated not just the fruit in their hands, but also its mother, the tree that bore the fruit. Then they visualized the blossoms in the sunshine and the rain, and the growth of the tiny fruit. Then the children were invited to peel the tangerine, taking in the sensations of the spray of the mist from the peel, the smell of the fruit, and its texture. Finally, they were invited to taste it.

    I have eaten a tangerine with Thich Nhat Hanh, and if the exercise is entered into sincerely, it is a mind-blowing experience. To think that this man who has such a deep reverence for the simplest things of life has also endured the self-immolation of his brothers in the Order of Interbeing in protest of the war in his homeland, the tragedy of the Vietnamese boat people, and life for so many years in exile, brings an almost unendurable sorrow.

    And yet, the tangerine remains.

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