Thich Nhat Hanh

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.

Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.

It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.

While you are walking, smile and be in the here and now, and you will transform that place into paradise.

If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.

Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.

Often we tell ourselves, Don’t just sit there, do something! But when we practice awareness, we discover that the opposite may be more helpful: Don’t just do something, sit there!

Patience is the mark of true love. If you truly love someone, you will be more patient with that person.

Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

Being rich is an obstacle to loving. When you are rich, you want to continue to be rich, and so you end up devoting all your time, all your energy, in your daily life to stay rich.

Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.

Life is available only in the present moment.

When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.

The Buddha called suffering a holy truth, because our suffering has the capacity of showing us the path to liberation. Embrace your suffering and let it reveal to you the way to peace.

Yesterday is already gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the only day available to us; it is the most important day of our lives.

The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.

Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?

Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a water snake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.”

If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.

When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us.

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Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.

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Smile, breathe and go slowly.

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Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.

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The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.

Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.

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We are surrounded by miracles, but we have to recognize them; otherwise there is no life.

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“Dear one, I know that you are there and it makes me very happy.”

“Breathing in—I know that the flower is there; breathing out—I smile at the flower.”

““Dear one, I know that you are suffering, that is why I am here for you.”

“Dear one, I am suffering, please help.” This is very simple, but very hard to do.

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