Wednesday, October 16, 2013

peace is every step

Every morning you wake up to 24 brand new hours to live. It's a gift. Thich Nhat Hanh says that each moment there is an invitation to come back to the present moment and find peace and joy. There is "peace in every step".

According to Thich Nhat Hanh, here's how:  Smile when you wake up. Begin a practice of smiling. When you smile, you are dwelling in awareness and can approach the day with gentleness and understanding.

Then, practice conscious breathing. Say to yourself, I am breathing in. I am breathing out. Or, In. Out. Breath and mind will become peaceful and gentle.

It's so simple, and yet, I think we forget how much a smile can affect someone else. Try it. Smile at someone, for no reason. They will smile back.

Breathing is autonomic. Without air, you would only live seconds. And, yet we can change the quality of our breathing and our entire mood and posture can be lifted.

Making subtle changes to nourish my awareness each moment.


With gratitude to student and teacher, Yeshe Dolma for the book "Peace is Every Step".


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