The decision you take will determine your state of mind, not just at the moment of choice, but also the moments that follow. See every situation as happening FOR YOU instead of TO YOU and you give the grace to give the best of yourself when you receive that moment.
Exercises and practices on the art of mindful living from one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, Thich Nhat Hanh, poet, peace and human rights activist.
"If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work."
At each and every moment of time, you are given a choice. Even while facing problems or difficulties in life, you can choose wheather your actions are to be guided by fear or love. Guided by fear, you may become righteous, demanding and rigid. When love is guiding our hand, we are flexible and peaceful with what is. This way, we´ll get a taste of what happiness, peace and freedom truly is. Living your life with grace means making your choices with love and responsibility.
|Be at Peace|
The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form. Eckehart Tolle
You are not just a meaningless fragment in an alien universe, briefly suspended between life and death, allowed a few short-lived pleasures followed by pain and ultimate annihilation. Underneath your outer form, you are connected with something so vast, so immeasurable and sacred, that it cannot be spoken of - yet I am speaking of it now. I am speaking of it now not to give you something to believe in but to show you how you can know it for yourself. Eckehart Tolle
Be present as the watcher of your mind -- of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react. Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future. Don't judge or analyze what you observe. Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction. Don't make a personal problem out of them. You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher. Eckehart Tolle