Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh Interview
Mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh lives it, embodies it. Being mindful means living the present moment fully. It is a state of active, open attention to what is. It is like taking a step back and experiencing through all our senses without judging and interpreting.
We focus our full awareness on this present moment, on the here and now. In that state, there is happiness and freedom.
Interview by Oprah
Thich Nhat Hanh was born in Vietnam and became a monch at the age of 16. (Click his name to read more about his inspiring life.) He encorporates all he teaches. In this beautiful interview with Oprah he shares the principles of a peaceful life and shows how mindfulness can help us to bring relief to our suffering.
If you have done mindfulness practices before, you will recognize some of them in this conversation. The beauty of mindfulness is that we do not have to learn new techniques or follow new courses over and over again. The more we practice the essential principles, the more profound we will experience them.
I just found this interview and hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Mindfulness – meditation exercises
Our lives are full and we often race through the day from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep again. Taking short breaks and focusing on the present moment does not take that much time out of our busy schedule. Here are some ideas:
- When drinking your tea, take a minute or so to do like Oprah and Thich Nhat Hanh. Feel the warmth of the cup. See the colour, smell, taste. Drink with ful attention. And rest in the moment.
- When you have to wait somewhere, focus on your breath. Feel how the air flows. Breathe in the miracle of life and breath out the appreciation for all that is.
- When you walk from A to B – in your house, on the street – slow down. Take conscious steps. In the video you can here which words will bring you into the present moment. If you only have time for 10 or 20 steps, just do it. All that interrupts the pattern of hectic is highly beneficial.
This interiew inspired me to reflect upon the way I fill my days and on how I interact with life and with others. It also reminded me to not resist what I do not like. Instead it is good to embrace our feelings and help them feel relief.
We all want a relaxed and balanced life. Is there something that you can share with us that works for you? What do you do to break the circle of stress or suffering? If you leave a comment below, you can inspire others to explore your tips.
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