30 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Thích Nhất Hạnh

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2. If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.

“If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

3. Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos.

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

4. To be beautiful means to be yourself.

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

5. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

“When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”

6. Take time to relax and renew yourself. 

“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh

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