Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Thich Nhat Hanh
As I read Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, I could feel a subtle transformation taking place within me. He offers many practices, including the art of mindfulness, to open our minds and hearts. He gives us a vivid picture of what we are missing in the world within and around us...from the inherent beauty of everyday experiences to the deteriorating state of the world around us...he shows us what we can do about it.
In this enlightening book, Thich Nhat Hanh presents Zen Buddhism in a way that simplifies the deepest and most profound concepts. Just take in the beauty and lightness of the following passage: 'A friend of mine wrote this poem: ‘I have lost my smile, but don’t worry. The dandelion has it.' If you have lost your smile and yet are capable of seeing that a dandelion is keeping it for you, the situation is not too bad. You only need to breathe consciously one or two times and you will recover your smile. In fact, everything around you is keeping your smile for you. You only have to open yourself to the support that is all around you, and inside you.' Just reading this passage made me smile.
Thich Nhat Hanh is an internationally renowned spiritual leader, Vietnamese Zen master and peace advocate who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He is well equipped to cover a wide range of subjects…from creating joy in something as simple as peeling a potato to a subject that he is passionate about…creating peace and love in this world. While this book was written in 1991, it is perhaps even more relevant today. Read and embrace the beautiful and important message in this book.