15 Inspirational Lessons From Thich Nhat Hanh on Life, Love and Happiness

Master Thich Nhat Hanh encompasses every attribute of not finding peace but becoming the embodiment of peace itself. When I think of him, I feel that he is the epitome of understanding and compassion– the conquest of stillness in chaos. A true master of Zen.

Here are a few of his most inspirational lessons.

16. “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”

15. “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

14. “The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”

13. “Compassion is a verb.” 

12 “Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.”

11. “My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.”

10. “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

9. “In true love, you attain freedom.”

8. “I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practise loving speech.”

7. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.”

6. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”

5. “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”

4. “Every person is a world to explore.”

3. “You are not an observer, you are a participant.”

2. “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.”

  1. “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
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