There are three sorts of feelings—pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. When we have an unpleasant feeling, we may want to chase it away. But it is more effective to return to our conscious breathing and just observe it, identifying it silently to ourselves: “Breathing in, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me. Breathing out, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me.” Calling a feeling by its name, such as “anger,” “sorrow,” “joy,” or “happiness,” helps us identify it clearly and recognize it more deeply.
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Despite all appearances, no one is really Evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth, always you will offer more light rather than blame and condemnation. – Dhammayadaka
“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh was born as Nguyen Xual Bao, in the city of Hue in Central Vietnam on 11th October 1926. He came to be well-known as a Vietnamese Thien Buddhist monk and peace activist. He was also the founder of the Plum Village Tradition.