Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Master and global spiritual leader, peace activist and poet , known worldwide for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.
His greatest teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can be taught to live happily in the present moment and be at peace with oneself and with the world around us.
Here is a collection of some of his quotes that will not only teach you mindfulness in the simple things in life, but that will also bring peace to your soul.
• “There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.”
• “Walk and touch peace every moment. Walk and touch happiness every moment. Each step brings a fresh breeze. Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the earth with your feet. Bring the earth your love and happiness. The earth will be safe When we feel safe in ourselves.”
• “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.”
• “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.”
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• “Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, ‘I was just telling the truth.’ It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not. Right Speech. The truth must be presented in ways that others can accept. Words that damage or destroy are not Right Speech. Before you speak, understand the person you are speaking to. Consider each word carefully before
you say anything, so that your speech is ‘Right’ in both form and content.”
• “Insight brings love, and love is not possible without insight, understanding. If you do not understand, you cannot love. This insight is direct understanding, and not just a few notions and ideas. In meditation we allow ourselves to be shined on by the light of that insight.”
• “Mindfulness is always mindfulness of something, just as anger is always anger at something. When you drink a glass of water and are aware that you are drinking a glass of water, that is mindfulness of drinking water. In this case, we produce mindfulness of anger. “Breathing in, I know I am angry. Breathing out, I know that anger is in me.” First the energy of anger arises, and second the energy of mindfulness arises. The second energy embraces the first in order to soothe it and allow it to subside.”
• “When you are angry, close your eyes and ears and return to yourself in order to quell the flames. Smile, even if it takes effort. Smiling relaxes hundreds of tiny muscles, making your face more attractive. Sit wherever you are and look deeply. If your concentration is not yet strong, you can go outside and practice walking meditation. Most essential is to water the seed of mindfulness and allow it to arise in your mind consciousness.”
• “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.”
• “Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.”
• “People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”
• “Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”