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Thich Nhat Hanh: Finding mindfulness in unexpected places

Questions and Answers--Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh on mining unexpected pockets of mindfulness in a busy world:

Q: How do you maintain mindfulness in a busy work environment? At times it seems there is not even enough time to breathe mindfully.

A: This is not a personal problem only; this is a problem of the whole civilization. That is why we have to practice not only as individuals; we have to practice as a society. We have to make a revolution in the way we organize our society and our daily life, so we will be able to enjoy the work we do every day...

When you drive around the city and come to a red light or a stop sign, you can just sit back and make use of these twenty or thirty seconds to relax -- to breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy arriving in the present moment. There are many things like that we can do. Years ago I was in Montreal on the way to a retreat, and I noticed that the license plates said Je me souviens-"I remember." I did not know what they wanted to remember, but to me it means that I remember to breathe and to smile (laughter). So I told a friend who was driving the car that I had a gift for the sangha in Montreal: every time you see Je me souviens, you remember to breathe and smile and go back to the present moment. Many of our friends in the Montreal sangha have been practicing that for more than ten years.

Stress, Migraines, and more stress at futurekarma's picture

[...] After achieving the goal...

[...] After achieving the goal of “first major migraine of the year” last night, I was thinking about what causes them; for me, it’s often stress-related. Having taken the first 2-week vacation since college, getting back into the hang of things apparently put me over the breaking point (not to mention the trouble brought on by staring at a laptop screen for 8 hours yesterday after hardly using a computer over vacation). But what timing that 43folders posted a link yesterday to an interview with Thich Nhat Hanh on maintaining mindfulness in a busy work environment. Q: How do you maintain mindfulness in a busy work environment? At times it seems there is not even enough time to breathe mindfully. [...]




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