Peace Is Every Step. Finished 7-17-19, 5/5 stars, buddhism, 134 pages, pub. 1991
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. from Goodreads
I have been reading Thich Nhat Hanh for my daily meditation this year. This is the second book I finished and it’s my favorite of all his books that I’ve read so far. He is a Vietnam monk who coined the phrase ‘engaged Buddhism’. Engaged Buddhism refers to Buddhists who are seeking ways to apply the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of social, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustice. (wikipedia) Because of his peaceful protest belief he influenced Martin Luther King Jr. during the Vietnam War and was actually nominated by King for the Nobel Peace Prize that year.
Here’s a link to some quotes from the book. They might not be the ones that touched me the most, but they will give you a sense of his writing. I was raised from birth in the Christian church. I’m still a Christian. But if we all took to heart what Hanh has to say this world be a much better place.