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A Meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh

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This entry was posted on Jan 25, 2022 by Charlotte Bell.

On January twenty second, a brilliant gentle gently flickered out. Vietnamese Zen grasp, Thich Nhat Hanh, 95, left his physique. Nhat Hanh was generally known as a meditation trainer, peace activist, and a prolific writer and poet. Creator of greater than 100 books, 75 in English, Thay (Vietnamese for “trainer”) is credited for popularizing mindfulness.

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I first discovered about Thich Nhat Hanh whereas on a 10-day silent mindfulness retreat on Maui in 1991. One of many retreat academics learn his poem, “Please Name Me By My True Names.” Even then, within the early years of my mindfulness apply, the poem resonated deeply. I’ve learn and contemplated it many instances since. Every time, I really feel that it brings me a millimeter nearer to understanding the depth of compassion.

Since then, I’ve learn lots of his books. His guide, No Demise, No Concern, specifically, has been an amazing consolation. I’ve learn it a number of instances, at any time when a beloved being—human or four-legged—has handed away. The guide speaks of demise not with finality, however as continuation. As with the above poem, I really feel that every studying helps me perceive the processes of life and demise extra deeply.

The Miracle of Strolling on Earth

Nhat Hanh frequently emphasised the significance of being current on this life. Whereas sitting and strolling meditation apply had been integral to his teachings, simply as necessary was to be current on your each day life. He invited college students to “wash the dishes simply to clean the dishes” quite than to clean dishes merely to get to the cup of tea they deliberate to get pleasure from afterward.

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To Thich Nhat Hanh, miracles can be found to everybody, in each second. I notably get pleasure from this quote:

“Individuals normally contemplate strolling on water or in skinny air a miracle. However I believe the true miracle is to not stroll both on water or in skinny air, however to stroll on earth. On daily basis we’re engaged in a miracle which we don’t even acknowledge: a blue sky, white clouds, inexperienced leaves, the black, curious eyes of a kid—our personal two eyes. All is a miracle.”

So, miracles are right here and now, if solely we glance deeply. However how can we do that? I’ve discovered that one of the efficient methods for me to the touch instantly into the current second is a straightforward meditation I discovered from a video of Thich Nhat Hanh many years in the past. This meditation by no means fails to make me blissful.

Arriving and Coming Dwelling: A Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

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On this meditation, we are saying affirmations to ourselves, coinciding with our breath. You possibly can apply this sitting in your meditation cushion, throughout strolling meditation, or at any time in your each day life. I wish to apply it at instances after I really feel impatience arising, after I’m ready at a stoplight or in a line on the grocery retailer. It at all times appears to calm my agitated thoughts.

On an inhalation, say to your self, “I’ve arrived.”

On an exhalation, say to your self, “I’m house.”

That’s it. You possibly can apply this in several methods. Generally I begin my sitting meditation with a couple of rounds after which let it go. Different instances I begin with a couple of rounds, let it go, after which come again to it later. Nonetheless different instances, I’ll do it nearly for your entire period of my apply.

There are a number of extra verses you may apply as properly, though I typically discover the above two verses to be sufficient. After saying the primary two verses you may say some or all of those subsequent ones:

On an inhalation: “Within the right here.”

On an exhalation: “And the now.”

On an inhalation: “I’m strong.”

On an exhalation: “I’m free.”

On an inhalation: “Within the Final.”

On an exhalation: “I dwell.”

For a few years, I practiced simply the primary two phrases. Then I added the second two for fairly a couple of years. I’ve solely lately begun practising the final 4 phrases recurrently. Be at liberty to adapt this apply to suit your personal meditation.

About Charlotte Bell


Charlotte Bell found yoga in 1982 and started instructing in 1986. Charlotte is the writer of Aware Yoga, Aware Life: A Information for On a regular basis Observe and Yoga for Meditators, each printed by Rodmell Press. Her third guide is titled Hip-Wholesome Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Information to Defending the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Ache (Shambhala Publications). She writes a month-to-month column for CATALYST Journal and serves as editor for Yoga U On-line. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte performs oboe and English horn within the Salt Lake Symphony and people sextet Pink Rock Rondo, whose DVD received two Emmy awards in 2010.

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