Thursday, 13 November 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh

The great Thich Nhat Hanh, a beloved Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, spiritual leader and peace activist, may be nearing the end of his life after suffering a severe brain hemorrhage, but his legacy will live on forever.

Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, has been active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict and also refrains from animal products consumption as means of non-violence toward non-human animals.

7 Lessons Thich Nhat Hanh Taught Us

1. Be yourself.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.” 
“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” 
2. Being alive is a miracle.
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
“To live in the present moment is a miracle.” 
3. Be present.
“If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” 
“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?”
“I have arrived. I am home. My destination is in each step.”
“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.” 
4. Love with every cell in your body.
“You must LOVE in such a way that the person you love feels FREE.”
“Inhale love, exhale gratitude.” 
5. Just breathe.
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” 
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” 
6. Surrender.
“Letting go gives us the freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything — anger, anxiety, or possessions — we cannot be free.” 
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
“I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” 
7. Find peace.
“There is no path to peace. The path is peace.”
“Root down the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.” 
“We are peaceful, if we are happy. We can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” 

… When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through. 
~Nicholas Sparks 

✶---(¯*( -.- )*¯)---May joy and peace surround you, ☯¸.•*´☆
☆---.(. /(")(")\ .)---Stay strong and keep Dreaming`☮´


  1. Thich Nhat is one of my favorites. He was close friends with Thomas Nerton whom also has been instrumental in leading me to lead a peaceful life. I did not know he recently suffered a brain hemorriage. It seens so many are these days. I will miss his presence on our earth if he passes soon. Thank you for sharing this on the Day Of Kindness