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Blog Title: Peace Is Every Breath Summary
Name: Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Book size: 160 pages
Before beginning with Peace Is Every Breath Summary let’s discuss the Books author Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and Peace activist, he lives in a plum village spiritual community in the south of France and he travels extensively talking on peace and spiritual value, Thich is a lifelong peace activist dedicated to finding a peaceful solution to conflicts. Thich has written books related to finding out ways and inner peace and inner happiness. Thich has been credited with coining the term “Engaged Buddhism” – a series of teaching which seeks to bring practical Buddhist wisdom into daily life. Thich Nhat Hanh is second influential Buddhist leader in the west, after Dalai Lama-New York Times. Martin Luther King Jr. Nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.
In Peace is Every Breath book peace activist Thich illuminates that how we people can incorporate the practice of mindfulness into our every waking moment, this book opens the pathway to greater spiritual fulfillment through its patient examination of how we live our lives.
Peace Is Every Breath Summary contains various parts and subtopics. Let’s discuss each part and subtopics in detail
Part one of the Peace Is Every Breath Summary: BREATHE! You are alive
In this part of Peace Is Every Breath Summary, author talks about twenty-four brand new hours, author says that every morning when we wake up, we all have that same brand new 24 hours to live, every new day is a precious gift for us, and we people have the capacity to live that day with peace, joy, and happiness with ourselves and with others. Author says that peace is present everywhere right here and now, peace is in everything we do and we see, author says that we don’t need to go too high to enjoy sky, we don’t even need to leave our neighborhood or our place to see the joy and smile of a child, we people have the capacity to enjoy and feel the joy in every breath. The author says that we can smile, breathe, eat and walk in such a way that can allow us to stay in touch with an abundance of happiness joy and peace.
The author says that every step we take, every mile we walk has peace, we people just need to be present at that moment, this book contains various bell of mindfulness, this bell reminds us that happiness is possible ONLY IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. This book brings a reader to the present moment and teaches how present moment gives joy happiness and peace.
The Dandelion Has My Smile
Here author says that the best way to start your day with is with a genuine smile, it can make our day happy and peaceful, because smile not only gives benefit to us but it also profits other, because our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and in joy, True smile source is awakened mind, here author says to make a reminder so that you wake up and smile, for example, set any painting in your ceiling or anything which makes you feel awesome and peaceful, put that thing in front of you so whenever you wake up you see that and feel awesome and smile.
Here author says that we people can use various breathing techniques in order to make our life more peaceful happy and enjoyable, author says that first exercise is very easy and very simple, author says that as you breathe in, say to yourself while breathing, that yes I am breathing in, I know I am breathing in and when you breathe out say to yourself that yes I know I am breathing out and I am breathing out, because of this you will recognize your breath-in as an in-breath and you will recognize your breathe out as an out-breath.
If you find that sentence too long, then you can simply recite “IN” And “OUT”. This technique helps you to keep your mind on your breath. And with practice, your breath will become more peaceful and gentle and with this, your mind and body will also become peaceful and gentle. This is not at all difficult exercise it will take few minutes and with this, you will realize the fruit of meditation.
Present moment wonderful moment
Here author says that in this busy life it is great fortune to breathe consciously from time to time, author says that we people can practice conscious breathing anywhere not only by sitting in meditation but also at workplace or at home or while driving or by travelling through bus or cabs, author says that we people learn to practice conscious breathing anywhere at any time.
The author says that there are so many techniques we can use or which can help us to breathe consciously, besides in and out techniques there are other few lines which you can practice silently as we breathe in and out.
The author says silently say:
Breathing in, I calm my body
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
Say that you know it’s a wonderful moment.
The author says while breathing in and saying I calm my body is similar to drinking a glass of cool lemonade on a hot summer day. By saying this sentence you feel that freshness and coolness in your body and mind because it actually makes your breath calm and gentle. When you breathe out and smile it relaxes your body and muscles when you smile it means you have master yourself. Dwelling in the present moment makes you aware of your present moment makes you aware where exactly you are. It makes you aware of a wonderful moment and how joyful and happy it is.
Part two of the Peace Is Every Breath Summary: Peace is every step
Transformation And Healing
Sub-point – The River of feelings
In this point author says that feelings play a very important role in our lives, feelings direct all our thoughts and actions, author says that feelings river flows inside us, and every single drop of water in that river has different type of feelings, and every feeling depends or relies on other things for its existence. The author says in order to identify each feeling we need to sit on the bank of that river and needs to identify each feeling as its surface, we need to understand its flow as well as it disappearance,
The author says usually there is three type of feelings first pleasant second unpleasant and third neutral.
The author says that when you face unpleasant feelings, then at that type you think of running away from it, but instead of doing it you should sit down and should return to our conscious breathing and should observe it, should identify it silently in ourselves. Like while breathing in you should say to yourself that I know that unpleasant feeling is in me, while breathing out again you should say that yes I know unpleasant feeling is inside me, it would be better if you call that unpleasant or pleasant feeling with name such as anger, upset, sad, stress, happiness, joy etc. this helps you to identify that feeling clearly and deeply. We can use our breathing to connect and stay in contact with our feelings and also it will help to accept them.
Here author says that the very first step to deal with feelings is to recognize those feelings as it arises in you, author says the agent which does it is known as mindfulness, here author has given an example of fear author says when you feel that fear at that time bring out your mindfulness and loot at your fear and recognize that unpleasant feeling as fear, You understand that fear comes and springs out from you as well as mindfulness, both fear (unpleasant feelings) and mindfulness in you within you, author says that both stay not by fighting but by one taking care of other. Hence you should keep them both inside you by making them handling each other not by fighting.
Author says second way to handle feelings or transforming feelings is to become one with the feeling it is better if you don’t say your fear feeling to go away, it is better to not to say go away fear I don’t like you, instead of saying this it is much more effective to say hello fear, it’s better to ask your fear how are you? And when you understand and realize this then you can ask both aspects to shake hands mindfulness and fear and ask both to become friends, doing this can look or seem frightening, but you must understand that you are much more than your fear, hence you don’t need to be afraid, as long as mindfulness is there in you, it will for sure handle your fear. Hence do practice breathing in order to nourish your mindfulness.
You are much more than your fear, you just need to nourish your mindfulness with proper practice of breathing techniques and ways, mindfulness will handle your fear or unpleasant feelings.
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