I’ve been listening and studying Thich Nhat Hanh’s audio lecture Living Without Stress or Fear: Essential Teachings on the True Source of Happiness. He is truly inspiring and his constant state of mindfulness is so humbling. I highly recommend this audio recoding to anyone who wishes to deepen (or start!) their meditation practice.
I love a good mantra to think of when meditating. I have never heard this one before but it moved me greatly:
IN BREATH: I am still waters
OUT BREATH: I reflect things as they truly are
You can shorten it you want to:
IN BREATH: Water
OUT BREATH: Reflecting.
I just thought it was a beautiful mantra and can be looked at on so many different levels. I struggle with a hefty dose of insecurity (Thanks childhood!) but I realize that insecurity is a conscious choice I make. I choose fear. Fear of not being liked, fear of how I look, fear of coming across like an idiot, etc…I could go on and on! Just this morning I thought to myself “Oh no…if I get that job…will I be weird because I haven’t worked in a year??” I mean, come on, give it a break Serah! But, if you are water and reflecting things as they truly are you would feel the love and appreciation of those around you, the beauty of the world, the joy in the little things…not fear. Fear is not reflecting things as they truly are.
So in honor of Thich Nhat Hanh I thought I would share 10 of his wonderful quotes. I hope you enjoy:
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.”
“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”
“It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.”
“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.”
“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.”
“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?”
“To be loved means to be recognized as existing.”
“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”