Thursday, March 17, 2011

Live Life on Life's Terms

In his wonderful book, "The Miracle of Mindfulness", Thich Nhat Hanh writes...

"But active, concerned people don't have time to spend leisurely, walking along paths of green grass and sitting beneath trees. One must prepare projects, resolve a million difficulties, there is hard work to do. One must deal with every kind of hardship, every moment keeping one's attention focused on the work, alert, ready to handle the situation ably and intelligently.

Then how are we to practice mindfulness?

My answer is: keep your attention focused on the work, be alert and ready to handle ably and intelligently any situation which may arise--this is mindfulness. There is no reason why mindfulness should be different from focusing all one's attention one's work, to be alert and to be using one's best judgment. During the moment one is consulting, resolving, and dealing with whatever arises, a calm heart and self-control are necessary if one is to obtain good results. If we are not in control of ourselves but instead let our impatience or anger interfere, then our work is no longer of any value."
-- Thich Nhat Hahn, The Miracle of Mindfulness, An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation


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