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Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes
|"There is no reason why mindfulness should be different
from focusing all one’s attention on one’s work, to be alert and to be
using one’s best judgment."
"During the moment one is consulting, resolving, and dealing with whatever arises, a calm heart and self-control are necessary if one is to obtain good results."
"Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness enables us to live."
"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again."
"Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life."
"Sitting in meditation is nourishment for your spirit and nourishment for your body, as well. Through sitting, our bodies obtain harmony, feel lighter, and are more at peace."
"We see that life and death are but two faces of Life and that without both, Life is not possible, just as two sides of a coin are needed for the coin to exist."
"When your mind is liberated your heart floods with compassion: compassion for yourself, for having undergone countless sufferings because you were not yet able to relieve yourself of false views, hatred, ignorance, and anger; and compassion for others because they do not yet see and so are still imprisoned by false views, hatred, and ignorance and continue to create suffering for themselves and for others."
"Work is only a part of life. But work is life only when done in mindfulness. Otherwise, one becomes like the person “who lives as though dead.”"
"Each should be like a kind of food that must be cooked for a long time over a hot fire. We put it in a pot, cover it, and light the fire. The pot is ourselves and the heat used to cook is the power of concentration. The fuel comes from the continuous practice of mindfulness. Without enough heat the food will never be cooked. But once cooked, the food reveals its true nature and helps lead us to liberation."
"The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion."
"Be mindful that you are in the universe and the universe is in you: if the universe is, you are; if you are, the universe is. There is no birth. There is no death. There is no coming. There is no going."
"The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future?"
"The mind of one who is tranquil and happy becomes concentrated."
"If we’re really engaged in mindfulness while walking
along the path to the village, then we will consider the act of each step
we take as an infinite wonder, and a joy will open our hearts like a flower,
enabling us to enter the world of
"If we are not in control of ourselves but instead let
our impatience or anger interfere, then our work is no longer of any
"Concentration power is the strength which comes from practicing mindfulness. It is the concentration which can help one obtain the Great Awakening."
Quotes of wisdom by Thich Nhat Hanh
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