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
"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.
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I find that this book is phenomenal for getting one in the "mindset" for mindfulness. In that respect, it absolutely succeeds. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adam
It is an excellent for people of all religions and interests because it keeps us in touch with our spiritual selves in a very unique and quieting way. Suberb!Published 13 months ago by Edna Cole
Thich Nhat Hanh is a very knowledgeable teacher for mindfulness meditation. I highly recommend his books. LizPublished 13 months ago by Liz
This is a very easy read that I'd encourage anyone interested in mindfulness to read and absorb. I have given it to a number of people. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rod Farrell
It makes me slow down and breath more. Good little book that I can carry everywhere. It is easy to read.Published 17 months ago by Detox your body
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.
My reading experience of reading this book ordered from Amazon would have been great except for the fact that practically every single page of the book had pencil marks and... Read morePublished on June 4 2013 by Mary Starchuk