In the past several weeks we’ve examined the basic principles and scientific evidence supporting the use of mindfulness. Now it’s time to put what we’ve learned into practice. In his book, The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now, Thích Nhất Hạnh describes in detail how he puts these principles into practice all day, every day.
As described by the publisher, “In troubled times, there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important volume Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh ——one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today——reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life’s deepest questions and experience the happiness and freedom we desire.
Thích Nhất Hạnh presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships, and our interconnectedness with the world around us. Based on the last full talks before his sudden hospitalization, and drawing on intimate examples from his own life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how these seven meditations can free us to live a happy, peaceful and active life, and face aging and dying with curiosity and joy and without fear.
Containing the essence of the Buddha’s teachings and Thích Nhất Hạnh’s poignant, timeless, and clarifying prose, The Art of Living provides a spiritual dimension to our lives. This is not an effort to escape life or to dwell in a place of bliss outside of this world. Instead, this path will allow us to discover where we come from and where we are going. And most of all, it will generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply in each moment of our life, right where we are.”
If you are serious about incorporating mindfulness into your lifestyle, I strongly recommend that you read it. In the upcoming weeks we’ll be focusing on three mindfulness practices: Samatha, or focus centered; Vipassana, or what the neuro folks often refer to as open monitoring; and Metta, or living kindness. Stay tuned!
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