Mar 08, 2005
“The Miracle of Mindfulness,” by Thich Nhat Hanh
One of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most popular books, Miracle of Mindfulness is about how to take hold of your consciousness and keep it alive to the present reality, whether eating a tangerine, playing with your children, or washing the dishes.
Nhat Hanh has a simple and direct style that communicates a profound sense of compassion. when he’s talking about sitting with someone who is in a state of distress and he says “I understood” you think, “Yes, he does understand. He really does.”
And as well as being compassionate, Nhat Hanh is also a master of how to communicate practice. He reminds us to wash the dishes as if they were sacred relics — a practice that helps bring a sense of care and aesthetic enjoyment into a mundane activity. He suggests over and over that we smile — a practice that reminds us that happiness is a choice. He is also of course famous for the mindfulness bell — a practice of stopping and paying attention to our present-moment experience.
A world-renowned Zen master, Nhat Hanh weaves practical instruction with anecdotes and other stories to show how the meditative mind can be achieved at all times and how it can help us all “reveal and heal.” Nhat Hanh is a master at helping us find a calm refuge within ourselves and teaching us how to reach out from there to the rest of the world.
There’s nothing complicated in this book, but then there’s nothing complicated about mindfulness. the difficult thing is to remember to do it, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s book is full of suggestions for reminding ourselves to be mindful.