Before talking about The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary let’s first discuss the book’s author Thich Nhat Hanh. He lives in Plum Village spiritual community in south France and travels extensively giving talks on peace and spiritual values. He is a Vietnam Buddhist monk and Peace Activist. He has dedicated his life as a peace-activist and in finding peaceful solutions to any conflict. Hanh has sought to concentrate on more practical elements of Buddhism and place less emphasis on Dogma, some of his best-seller books are The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace Is Every Step, You Are Here.
One of the simple teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh is the simplicity of being in the Present Moment.
When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Short The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary:
In this beautiful and clear to understand guide, author Shares some simple principle, exercises, and anecdotes which helps you to learn the skill of mindfulness, Mindfulness-being awake and fully aware, author in this book says that every single action holds a great opportunity, he says that from washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he says that each moment every moment no matter how small or big it is, every moment holds an opportunity to work toward great self-understanding and peacefulness.
Let’s begin with The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary:
The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary Chapter 1: The Essential of Discipline
In this chapter, the author says that more than thirty years when author entered the monastery, the Monks gave him a small book called ” The Essential Discipline for Daily use.” written by Buddhist monk Doc The from Bao son Pagoda, they asked an author to memorize that book’s discipline, that book had only 40 pages, it was a thin book, but that book contains all the thoughts that Doc The used to awaken in mind while doing any task, when he used to wake up in the morning, his first thought was Just Awakened and says that I hope that every person will attain great awareness and see in complete clarity, when he used to wash his hands , he used this thought to place himself in mindfulness,” washing my hands i hope every person will have pure hands to receive reality.” That book was comprised entirely of such sentences, Author says that the reason and the purpose of that book were to help the practitioner beginners to take a hold of their consciousness.
The author says that “The Zen Master Doc The” helped all of us young beginners to practice, in a relatively easy way, those things which are taught in the Sutra of Mindfulness. Each time you put on your robe, washed the dishes, went to the bathroom, folded your mat, carried buckets of water,
or brushed your teeth, you could use one of the thoughts from the book in order to take hold of your own consciousness.
The author says that the Sutra of Mindfulness says: if a person is walking, then the person must be conscious that he is walking, If you are sitting, then you must be conscious that you are sitting, when lying down then practitioner must be conscious that you are lying down, the author says that sutra of mindfulness says that no matter in which position you are, you must be conscious about your position, author says that we must be conscious of everything,each breathe, each moments, each actions etc.
The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary Chapter 2: The Miracle is to Walk on Earth
The author, in this chapter, says that “The ZEN MASTER DOC THE” Says that when sitting in Meditation, one should sit upright giving birth to this thought, that sitting here is like sitting in the Bodhi spot, the author says that the Bodhi spot is the spot where Lord Buddha sat when he obtain Enlightened, author says that any person who has enlightened happiness and mindfulness are buddha themselves.
The author says that Active concerned people( people who work daily have daily up and down) don’t have time to spend Leisurely( relaxed), don’t have time to sit below the beneath the tree or walking on the green grass, people now don’t have much time to relax, there are many issues we deal with like consult with the neighbors, preparing results, resolve a million difficulties, author says for this one must deal with every kind of hardship, every moment keeping one’s attention focused on the work, alert ready to handle situation ably and intelligently.
The author says that you must be having a question that due to this busy schedule and busy life, how one can practice mindfulness, the author says then the answer for this 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.
The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary Chapter 3: A Day Of Mindfulness
In this chapter, the author says that Every day and every hour one should practice mindfulness, Now the author says that many people may think that it is easy to say to practice mindfulness, but it is hard to practice, hence to clear this question, the author says to each person that every individual should reserve one day out of the week to devote entirely to their practice of mindfulness, author says that every day should be your day, every hour should be your hour, but hardly anyone reach to such an impression, because the author says that today every individual live a busy life and has an impression that our family, place of work, and society rob us of all our time.
hence author says that every individual set one day a week for themselves, if you choose Saturday your day, then it should be only your day, you should be the master of that day, then Saturday will become the day which will lift you to the habit of practicing mindfulness, The author says that To set up a day of mindfulness, figure out a way to remind yourself at the moment of waking that this day is your day of mindfulness.
The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary Chapter 4: The Pebble
Here the author answer the reason why should we meditate? the author says that there is a need to realize the importance of total rest, the author says that even the night of sleep doesn’t give the total rest.
The author says- Twisting and turning, the facial muscles tense, all the while dreaming hardly rest! Nor is lying down rest when you still feel restless and twist and turn. Lying on your back, with your arms and legs straight but not stiff, your head unsupported by a pillow-this is a good position to practice breathing and to relax all the muscles; but this way it is also easier to fall asleep. You cannot go as far in meditation lying down as by sitting. It is
possible to find total rest in a sitting position, and in turn to advance deeper in meditation in order to resolve the worries and troubles that upset and block your consciousness.
The Miracle of Mindfulness Summary Chapter 5: The Five Aggregates
The Author says (In Author Words): Let me devote a few lines here to talk about the methods you might use in order to arrive at liberation from narrow views and to obtain fearlessness and great compassion. These are the contemplations of interdependence, impermanence, and compassion.
The Author says that when you sit in meditation after having taken hold of your mind, the author asks you to direct your concentration to contemplate the interdependent nature of the certain object.
The author says that meditation is not a discursive reflection on a philosophy of interdependence. It is a penetration of mind to the mind itself, using one’s concentrative power to reveal the real nature of the object being contemplated.
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