Dirty dishes, an out of sorts spouse, or a maddening series of red lights when you’re already late for an important appointment…Thich Nhat Hanh taught me these are all invitations to come back to the peace that dwells in my own heart.
And my choice is to accept that invitation.
I began to explore his work more intently as my interest in ways to live love started to blossom. I’ve particularly enjoyed the simple message in his books “Teachings on Love” and “Peace is Every Step” although there are many titles to choose from. His work has given me a deeper understanding of the power of mindfulness, deep listening, and the sacredness of each and every moment of the day.
I found his teachings on healing relationships particularly powerful. In essence, the secret is to be totally present with others. Really. Present. Not the “I’m listening to you while I just check my phone” kind of present.
Insightful. Simple. True.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s life is a testament to peace, love, and his dedication to creating the type of beloved community Dr. King envisioned.
The world is still digesting his passing and as the tributes to this beloved spiritual teacher continue, do yourself a favor. Read his books. Listen to him on YouTube. Watch his interview with Oprah. You’ll see why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Deep gratitude to Thich Nhat Hanh for modeling what it means to be the presence of love for us all.
Now to get back to the dishes…