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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem: Small And Precious, December 15, 2002
This review is from: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life (Paperback)
Peace is not external, so we do not need to chase it. Peace is already present but we have to get in touch with it. This is attained through mindfulness: living in the present moment, in the here and now. Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master and spiritual leader teaches mindfulness through conscious breathing and smiling. Connecting the body and mind, to find peace and happiness even in the most unlikely situations. Breathing and smiling! Is that it? You may be as skeptical as I was before practicing this exercise: breathe in, while reciting " breathing in I calm my body" then breathe out while smiling and reciting "breathing out I smile" do this three times! This is a very easy yet very effective exercise, do this often enough, in any position at any time (sitting, lying, driving, walking, before you eat, before you wash the dishes, when you hear the phone ring....) and enjoy being calm, relaxed and peaceful.
The author teaches us to be mindful of the people in our life, of the food we eat and of the environment around us.... Turn off the TV and instead walk in the park, visit a good friend, sit down for a meal with family or friends or even by yourself but before you dig in, breath smile, appreciate the food on the table, then eat mindfully, be aware of the taste, the smell, the texture, even if its only a bowl of rice, be happy, be thankful. He also teaches how to transform unpleasant feelings like anger for example into something more wholesome like understanding, using a 5-step method. By practicing understanding and loving speech instead of blaming and arguing we can help each other be happy. By knowing the true nature, the essence of the people around us we can enjoy each other. Mindfulness should lead to proactivity. We must be aware of the real problems of the world and of the suffering around us, and then with mindfulness we will know what to do to be of help.
This book is written clearly and beautifully. Full of inspiring stories and parables, meditations and practices, reflecting the author's wisdom and experience. Terrific and extremely effective, will make you calm and happy just reading it, then breathe, smile and be peaceful!
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2011 9:26:12 AM PST
Beautifully said! The author of this review could be a wonderful teacher himself.

Posted on May 29, 2011 10:27:54 AM PDT
Sue Rosauro says:
I love it very much and it is my spiritual bible for several years.It reminds/sustains me of my simple,happy and vibrant life. Will bundle several purchases shortly to give them away to help those to be more tolerant,patient and mindful of others. Thank you. Sue

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 8:19:10 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2011 2:26:17 PM PDT
Kaliarose says:
Is sarcasm really necessary?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 9:03:01 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 10:16:59 PM PST
Tien Manh Do says:
Zen can't help you to pay for your bills or take care for your health. Zen is just a way to live your life peacefully and happily at the current moment. For example, when you pay your bills, what do you feel at that moment? Sad, unhappy, or happy and peaceful? Why don't you just give it a try and then see for yourself? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2015 7:05:01 AM PST
Regina says:
I think this person has missed the entire point of the book. No book is going to magically take care of your problems.... the point is perception and attitude to find peace and joy. This book doesn't solve your problems, it gives you an alternate way of dealing with them. You can clean the house or pay the bill or look for a new job with a terrible attitude, mad that you are in the position, snapping at people, and spreading your negative energy to others etc. ORRRR you can take a few minutes, close your eyes, breath in deeply and smile breathing out and then complete the SAME tasks much more happily and enjoyably. You might even start to see the good in the situation... Maybe you can't pay the mortgage and your house gets forclosed on so you are forced to unwillingly move somewhere else.... but from that you meet some of the most amazing people OR get to experience a new place or something. You never know. With a happy/peaceful attitude, you can make the best of every bad situation rather than just dwelling on the negative energy. After every ending comes a new beginning. We learn from difficult times. I've been there before thinking, ya right how is breathing going to help this terrible situation I'm in.... but after slowly working on this over the past year or 2, I've realized it HAS helped.... IMMENSELY. No, my situation hasn't changed and I still have difficult patches to get through from time to time because we can't control the actions of other people/things/situations that seem to constantly try to pull us down, but by simply breathing and calming myself it does make the patches pass more quickly and smoothly. However, I do have to say that this person's sarcasm is correct at this point in time specifically for him/her.... This method will not work for him/her at this point in time because the core value is about changing your attitude and philosophy. This person doesn't sound open to that... yet. I hope he/she will one day come back and revisit the idea because it really does make a WORLD of difference. Slowing down to smell the roses can completely transform your life.

Tien, Your reply was clearly informative and you clearly understand. : ) May you carry peace with you through all difficult times and laugh alot in the small pleasures of life.

I can't wait to read this book!
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