The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Exercises in active and passive Zen meditation are accompanied by a discussion of their relevance in contemporary living. (Goodreads)
I cannot express how much I adore Thích Nhất Hạnh and his works. A Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, Nhất Hạnh’s books focus on the concepts and practices of mindfulness and meditation. I can tell you right now: every book of his that I’ve read so far simply radiates with serenity and peacefulness. The way he writes is just so calming and pleasant that I tend to forget all about my crippling anxiety for a while! Hooray!
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves . . . Mindfulness enables us to live.
For real, though, I’ve suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember, and it’s only gotten worse in recent years (can I get a “what what” from my fellow panic attack sufferers?? Haaaa, but seriously, it’s awful). So I’m always trying out different methods for reducing my anxiety levels — yoga, meditation, exercise, lowering my caffeine intake, taking natural supplements, etc., etc., etc. They’ve all helped in their own way, but adding Thích Nhất Hạnh into the mix is just something else. He’s! So! Wonderful!
The Miracle of Mindfulness is essentially a very basic introduction to mindfulness and meditation. It’s very much a “short and sweet” guide to getting more in touch with, well, everything! If I’m honest, it wasn’t my favorite book of his, but it’s absolutely still worth all 5 stars! It’s a pretty short read, and there’s even a little section at the end with day-to-day examples of how you can practice becoming more mindful. Plus, there are these lovely little watercolors at the start of each chapter to make your read even more pleasant.
He’s just an all-around amazing author and person, and I highly recommend giving his books a read, especially if you would like a little more calm in your life. He’s written over 100 books, so there’s plenty to choose from! And I can promise you they will all work like a charm to help give your life a nice sense of calm for a bit.
I’ve found that Buddhist books in general help so much when it comes to battling anxiety and/or depression, but there’s just something about the way Nhất Hạnh writes that gives it that extra little something. So go on and get a little mindfulness in your life, and don’t forget to smile! 🙂