11 Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindfulness and Letting Go

Thich Nhat Hanh Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere

  • “Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.”
  • “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.”
  • “Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
  • “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
  • “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
  • “Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.”
  • “To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.”
  • “In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”
  • “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
  • “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
  • “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.”

– Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926 – )

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