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Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life [Paperback]

Thich Nhat Hanh
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March 1 1992
In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to "mindfulness"—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindFUL.

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Thich Nhat Hanh's writing is deceptive in its subtlety. He'll go on and on with stories about tree-hugging or metaphors involving raw potatoes; he'll tell you how to eat mindfully, even how to breathe and walk; he'll suggest looking closely at a flower and to see the sun as your heart. As the Zen teacher Richard Baker commented, however, Nhat Hanh is "a cross between a cloud, a snail, and piece of heavy machinery." Sooner or later, it begins to sink in that Nhat Hanh is conveying a depth of psychology and a world outlook that require nothing less than a complete paradigm shift. Through his cute stories and compassionate admonitions, he gradually builds up to his philosophy of interbeing, the notion that none of us is separately, but rather that we inter-are. The ramifications are explosive. How can we mindlessly and selfishly pursue our individual ends, when we are inextricably bound up with everyone and everything else? We see an enemy not as focus of anger but as a human with a complex history, who could be us if we had the same history. Suffice it to say, that after reading Peace Is Every Step, you'll never look at a plastic bag the same way again, and you may even develop a penchant for hugging trees. --Brian Bruya

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"Next time you are caught in a traffic jam . . . sit back and smile . . . a smile of compassion and loving kindness." While such sappy Zen advice from a Buddhist monk, a Vietnamese resident in France following his exile in 1966, could send Western seekers of enlightenment into overdrive, fortunately most of the suggestions offered in this slim guidebook are of more substance. In a series of vignettes and short passages, e.g., "Cooking Our Potatoes," Nhat Hanh outlines techniques for living mindfullly, that is, in the present. Emphasizing that all things are interconnected on personal and political levels, he notes, for example, that the wealth of one society is based on the poverty of others. This book of illuminating reminders bids us to reorient the way we look at the world, turning away from a goal-driven, me-first modality toward a humanitarian perspective.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought me back to mindfulness Oct. 15 2011
By Oneness
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This is an enjoyable little book, full of powerful little anecdotes to all of life's ups and downs without being too technical or philosophical. I read it all in one weekend and after a week of feeling stressed, this book was the perfect pick me up to get me back on the path of mindfulness. This book focuses your attention into the moment and helps you to realise that problems can only ever be sorted in the present moment. Along with THE ONE , I have all I need to keep my path clear and straight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Find it very calming Dec 8 2012
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This book is a wake up call to learning how to be present in your day to day activities. Just bought a copy for a friend too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dandelion April 24 2013
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What an incredible little book!
Being so caught up in a number of books about spirituality and wholesome living I did not expect a lot from this book of only 134 pages by my was I wrong.
I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a short read with powerful thoughts and ideas, potentially able to transform your life into one of contentment and happiness
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully simple Oct. 18 2003
By Mike
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This is a book to savor slowly. I will sometimes just read a paragraph or two and set it down to let the words really be absorbed. While that is my approach, this is a thin book that can be read very quickly if one wishes.
The prospective purchaser (or gift-giver) need not worry about this being "too Buddhist" or religious. Of course it encompasses Buddhism's most profound meanings, but the writing approach of Thich Nhat Hahn is warmly inviting as he simply speaks of more peaceful ways each of us can make our way in this world. His words, with little reference to Buddhist tenets, come across as common sense that we often need to rediscover.
It is very much about the *personal* journey to peace, with gentle stories that remind and reveal the goodness within each of us, that goodness then expanding in ripples that touch those in our lives. The writing is open and sincere and stated with a direct kindness. It is truly wonderful how he makes such profound ideas and options so simple and broadly understandable.
This is a book I love to give as a gift. I believe you will find his words to be worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening March 19 2014
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It makes me slow down and breath more. Good little book that I can carry everywhere. It is easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Nov. 25 2013
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Buy the book. This is probably the best, dearest-to-my-heart book I have ever owned.
A book to read, contemplate, read again and treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace in every step April 5 2013
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I would recommend this book to everyone! Very amazing and type of book I didn't want to stop reading! Namaste
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace is Every Step Feb. 16 2013
By Pier
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I just keep reading this wonderful book again and again. It is fantastic. I would recommend it to everyone! I received it home fastly and in perfect order. Thank you!
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