Mindfulness is the art of fully paying attention to the present moment. Even though it is simple in concept, it can be difficult for many people to settle their minds. With our thoughts constantly racing, trying to multitask to have everything figured out, mindfulness is an art that may not come naturally for most and needs to be practiced. Through his mindfulness teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh has changed the lives of millions of people world wide.
Thich Nhat Hanh, known as the Father of Mindfulness, has been teaching the art of mindfulness for more than seventy years. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr and awarded the First Gandhi Mandela Peace Medal in 2019. There is a reason that he is one of the most revered Zen masters.
Out of all of his books that I’ve read, his How to Live book series has been essential to my mindfulness practice. Each book has meditative practices and excerpts from Nhat Hanh about how to be fully appreciative for even the smallest things.
When we walk mindfully, our feet are massaging the Earth. We sow seeds of joy and happiness with each step. With each step, a flower blooms.How to Walk, Thich Nhat Hanh
Simply walking can become a truly transformative experience, so long as we allow ourselves to be aware of its’ importance.
While the thought of being mindful of our everyday activities may seem daunting, Thich Naut Hanh’s How to Live series teaches you how to slowly become more and more attentive through small mediative exercises.
With our lives feeling like they’re passing us by, mindfulness slows life down so you can enjoy every aseptic of it fully. Be kind to yourself and give yourself the gift of mindfulness.
How to Live book series, an essential daily dose of mindful practice
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