Friday, December 15, 2017
I've read several books by the great teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, and prize his ability to convey deep meanings in the simplest words. The Sun My Heart is a relatively early work, and it was fascinating to observe how much Nhat Hanh has refined the delivery of his message in the nearly 40 years since he wrote this book.
The message itself, however, remains unchanged: take the time to look at your body or at Nature, allow yourself to soften into the reality of your integration with everything that you see, and preserve that connection to inform and guide your everyday life.
Nhat Hanh gives the example of allowing the apple juice to clear--waiting for the pulp to settle to the bottom--before his young charge will drink it. The child asked, "Was it meditating like you?" and in that question, a host of answers appears.
Time and meditation. Easier said than done, but so much merit in the trying.
Meditation brings happiness. This happiness comes, first of all, from the fact that you are master of yourself, no longer caught up in forgetfulness. If you follow your breathing and allow a half-smile to blossom, mindful of your feelings and thoughts, the movements of your body will naturally become more gentle and relaxed, harmony will be there, and true happiness will arise. Keeping our mind present in each moment is the foundation of meditation practice. When we achieve this, we live our lives fully and deeply, seeing things that others, in forgetfulness, do not.
Note: This book counts toward the Color Coded Reading Challenge and the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge. It also provided the letter F (for France) in the Where Are You Reading? Reading Challenge.