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Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives Paperback – April 10, 2012
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Spiritual practice is possible for all of us.
You cannot say, "I'm just too busy, I have no time for meditation." No. Walking from one building to another, walking from the parking lot to your office, you can always enjoy walking mindfully, and enjoy every one of your steps. Each step you take in mindfulness can help you release the tension in your body, release the tension in your feelings, and bring about healing, joy, and transformation.
—from the IntroductionOffering personal anecdotes, meditations, and advice for mindfully connecting with our present experience, Zen master and international bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can discover within the here and now our own innate ability to experience inner peace and happiness. We do not need to escape reality to harness the joy that is possible with every breath we take.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, written by Zen master Hahn you shall be surprised at what you may find. Surprised at what you shall find out about yourself, the world around you, your spirituality, Christ. From a Buddhist monk?
It's all right there in front of you. All around you. Just open your eyes and look, see, hear, breath! Learn to look deeply into the present moment. Push aside the past, hold back the future, just for a moment live in the present. Feel it. Be a light unto yourself. Let go of that schedule and accept the present moment. Stop, sit, breath, let go. For five minutes, for ten seconds.
I started to read Hahn at "peace is every step". And found him to be a simple straightforward teacher. Who teaches about the meditativeness of everyday living. And there lies the key to discovery. The key to better understanding yourself, your religion, relationships, the world around you.
Another great Hahn presentation, in a series of like minded Buddhist act of mindful living books.
"Peace Is Every Breath" is as simple as simple comes. Thay (Thich Nhat Hahn's nickname) does not candy coat things. His words may be simple but they cut swiftly like a ginsu knife. At the same time, they are poetic and truly beautiful.
His advice, again simple, comes from the heart of a man who has seen it all. He's witnessed war in his homeland, he's been persecuted by the rulers of his country, etc. But in the face of all of that, Thay has always risen above and has written numerous books outlining his experiences and how we can adapt them into our own lives.
"Peace Is Every Breath" is broken down into chapters/ sections that advise on every aspect of our daily lives. Whether it's showering, driving, etc his wisdom challenges us to slow down, see things as they truly are and to just carry that awareness throughout our lives.
He writes, and teaches, from a Zen perspective but I never feel like that is where he is coming from or steering us toward. His words are not divisive, they are true and lifelike. He is coming from a true human experience, that may be Zen, yet it is not Zen.
I came by this little book quite by accident. The title grabbed me right away. Peace is every breath - a practice for our busy lives. I thought what an insightful remark. We tend to take breathing for granted until illness takes it away.
The book opens with:
Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty-four brand new hours are before me, I vow to live each moment fully, and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
I'm always reminded that tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes so I immediately found resonance with twenty-four brand new hours.
Thich Nhat Hanh does not suggest that we escape from reality and put our busy lives on hold. Rather, he provides the insight and tools we need to incorporate the practice of mindfulness into our every waking moment. Having studied Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, I was particularly interested in how the author handles the overlap of Buddhism and psychology in theory and in practice. One of the more interesting things about Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is not fighting your thoughts and emotions but acknowledging and feeling them as a way of defusing them.
Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can transcend the mad rush of our days and discover within the here and now our own innate ability to experience inner peace and happiness. If this sounds a little of Zen Buddhism you would be very right.
Zen Buddhism has gained a lot of popularity in the West partly because of this emphasis on the here and now. In Zen there is an emphasis on the interdependence of body and mind.Read more ›
There is a 21 minute YouTube video of the author being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. I do not enjoy watching Oprah, yet that did not detract from the video in any way for me. I highly recommend it! (There are shorter extracts of it - be sure to watch the 21 minute version from her Super Soul Sunday program.) Thich Nhat Hanh is truly one of a kind, and in his mid-80s, is a soon-to-be-lost world treasure. I wish I'd learned about him decades ago. (My wife could not be any more positive either - so this deserves a double 5-star rating, since we purchased two copies.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thich Nhat Hanh points his readers towards daily harmony through the basic application of inclusive fundamental practices Reciting gathas and regular 're focusing on the breath... Read morePublished 1 day ago by George
This book can have a powerful impact for every reader. It is the third (the first is Miracle of Mindfulness; the second, Peace with Every Step) in which the author coaches... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeanne C. Baxter
Very simple and direct. Sometimes too simple, but then, that is probably intentional. Short and sweet for a morning meditation.Published 6 months ago by Bloom
Thich Nhat Hanh books are wonderful to read when you need to be reminded the importance of noticing
all the goodness that is ready for each one of us each time we live with... Read more
Easy to read, wonderful insights expressed in short chapters. Thich Nhat Hanh has written several great books and I highly recommend Peace Is Every Breath.Published 9 months ago by Kosmik
“Waking up this morning, I smile: Twenty-four brand-new hours are before me. I vow to live each moment fully and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mymp