Another great book that was “lingering” in my Kindle library. I finished reading it last night. When I “found” it last month, I put a few things into action.
I started mindfully breathing. Paying attention to breathing in ..and breathing out. The writing brought me awareness and recommends “talking to one’s self”… I am Breathing In…I am Breathing Out. No control. Just being mindfully aware.
The breath is like a bridge that links our body and mind (p.32)
The mindfulness is simply the breath. Not the past, the future, pain, plans…you just breathe and attempt to unite the mind and body.
The author nudged me to try to strive to connect myself and be myself. Recognize all are something and a positive factor to every community.
“Beginning anew” means being determined not to repeat the negative things we have done in the past. A new era begins when we commit ourselves to living in mindfulness. When we vow to ourselves, “I am determined not to behave as I did in the past,” transformation occurs immediately. (p. 49)
It’s as easy as:
“…We can all practice beginning anew. We can always start over.” (p. 51)
Embrace impermanence. It is needed for transformation.
“But everyone knows you cannot step into the same river twice. A river is in a constant process of transformation, and so are we.” (p.104)
Don’t try to be what you are not. It is a form of suffering.
You are already what you are seeking to become. When you have this insight, you can stop. Stopping is peace. Stopping is happiness. (p. 109)
Embrace change. Don’t fear it. The author, Thich Nhat Hanh, uses the analogy of a kaleidoscope. He reminds us that we don’t cry when an image in it disappears. It’s just a new manifestation of a new work of art.
And then this final challenge:
“…vow to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire selfconfidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or words that can cause the family or the community to break. I will make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.” (p.132)
Mindfulness. I’m practicing.