blame

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you
don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not
doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or
less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other
person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will
grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

more than

“In a time of anger or despair, even if we feel
overwhelmed, our love is still there. Our capacity to
communicate, to forgive, to be compassionate is
still there. You have to believe this. We are more
than our anger, we are more than our suffering.
We must recognize that we do have within
us the capacity to love, to understand,
to be compassionate, always.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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life

“Know that life can only be found in the present moment.”
― Thich Nhat HanhPeace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

love is always with you

“Just because anger or hate is present does not
mean that the capacity to love and accept
is not there; love is always with you.”

 Thich Nhat Hanh

our illusion

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

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safe in ourselves

Kiss The Earth

~

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

it is said…

“It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.”
― Thich Nhat HanhGoing Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers

possibility

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
― Thich Nhat HanhLiving Buddha, Living Christ

 

 

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Putting the Little Pain to Sleep


The rain is falling softly,

I  listen deeply to the sorrow within myself.

Please go to sleep, my dear little pain.

Let me embrace you tenderly and let my

in-breath and out-breath continue to lull

you to sleep.

Day and night I water the seeds of compassion

and forgiveness, so that tomorrow the

flowers of joy can bloom.

Go to sleep, my little knots; tomorrow there

will be a transformation and we shall be

able to help love to be reborn again.

Thich Nhat Hahn-

For Warmth 
-by Thich Nhat-Hanh


I hold my face in my two hands. 
No, I am not crying. 
I hold my face in my two hands 
to keep the loneliness warm: 
two hands protecting, 
two hands nourishing, 
two hands preventing 
my soul from leaving me 
in anger!

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