Ever heard of Thich Nhat Hanh? We’ve been sharing some of his wisdom lately here and the response has been tremendous.
We collected some of his most profound quotes and put them together in a 10 step guide to achieving enlightenment, finishing with what Thich Nhat Hanh says is the secret to Buddhism.
Of course, there’s much more to achievement enlightenment than reading these quotes, but it’s a good beginning.
1. Dwell in the present moment
The step to achieving enlightenment is to calm yourself, connect with your breath and dwell in the present moment with the knowledge that this is all there is.
For more on living the moment, see 21 Mindfulness Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live the Moment. For an alternative perspective, see Why Living the Moment Was the Most Terrible Advice of 2016.
2. In this moment, every action is one of reverence
We always have a choice with how we act in the present moment. We can let go and lose ourselves in our imagination, or connect with everything happening around us.
This article is aligned with the perspective of Thich Nhat Hanh on embracing the here and now: 10 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Live In A Moment And Make Every Second Count.
3. Find the magic in the present moment
Go for a walk and connect with nature, with the wind and trees and the ocean. If you’re in a city, admire the bustling people all around you. Notice the smells. Feel the energy of the city.
On Ideapod, we have a shaman sharing ideas and who advocates living mindfully in the moment. His name is Ruda Iande and you can connect with him by responding to his ideas.