Daily Wisdom / Zen

Everybody Should Practice Mindfulness

Let us imagine that the members of the Congress practiced mindful breathing and walking, deep listening, and calm loving speech. As it is, every time they convene, they quarrel and shoot poison arrows, because very few of those people are capable of calming, of practicing loving speech. The situation is very tense; there is a great deal of hatred and anger and discrimination. How is it possible, in such a state, for people to practice deep looking with the aim of achieving a deep knowledge of the nation?

So it is necessary to practice mindfulness—it could be Buddhist or Christian—but it is necessary to bring mindfulness to our everyday life. If you are a journalist, a teacher, or a filmmaker, you should practice mindfulness—for the sake of your own calm and your own happiness, but also for that of other people as well. Because we need your calm, your compassion, your understanding. So we should be mindful as individuals but also as a community, as a family, as a nation.

From True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, page 93

3 thoughts on “Everybody Should Practice Mindfulness

  1. Our capacity for cultivating mindfulness is strengthened through ongoing practice. The more we practice the more we keep practicing and the easier it becomes to integrate into our daily lives. Now, I’m not drawn personally to going as far as to say that everyone SHOULD practice mindfulness, but it certainly has the potential for creating a strong foundation for being able to engage life more skilfully and joyfully.

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