Now that we’ve walked through the various aspects of a balanced life, how does one go about actually creating one? Many of my patients report that the most difficult aspect of this for them is learning to be still enough to even engage in mindful practices. In his book Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, Thích Nhất Hạnh details how to do just that.

As described by the editor, “One of the world’s most beloved teachers and Zen masters shares a profound, concise, and practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.

We spend a lot of our lives searching for happiness, running from one thing to another, worrying about the past and being anxious about the future. All the while the world around us is overflowing with the wonder and contentment we seek. This beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. If we don’t have silence in ourselves, if our minds and our bodies are full of noise, we can’t hear beauty’s call.

The gift of silence doesn’t require hours upon hours of solitary meditation or an existing practice of any kind. With mindfulness comes the stillness we need to come home to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want.

Combining powerful stories, timeless wisdom, and simple mindfulness techniques, Thích Nhất Hạnh shows us that silence is at the heart of the happiness we seek.”

If you, too, are finding this difficult, perhaps this book is the tool you need to master this.

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