get up and walk

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Thich Nhat Hanh, Walking Meditation with Children #2. New Hamlet

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Thich Nhat Hanh:

Walking Meditation

Walking meditation can be very enjoyable. We walk slowly, alone or with friends, if possible in some beautiful place. Walking meditation is really to enjoy the walking -walking not in order to arrive, but just to walk. The purpose is to be in the present moment and, aware of our breathing and our walking, to enjoy each step. Therefore we have to shake off all worries and anxieties, not thinking of the future, not thinking of the past, just enjoying the present moment.

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washing dishes

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Depend on the Tao

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Thich Nhat Hanh:

Washing Dishes

To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands.

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sitting meditation

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Thich Nhat Hanh:

The most stable posture for meditation is sitting cross-legged on a cushion. Choose a cushion that is the right thickness to support you. The half-lotus and full-lotus positions are excellent for establishing stability of body and mind. To sit in the lotus position, gently cross your legs by placing one foot (for the half-lotus) or both feet (for the full-lotus) on the opposite thighs. If the lotus position is difficult, it is fine just to sit cross-legged or in any comfortable position.

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seeds of happiness

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We need only water the seeds of happiness,

and avoid watering the seeds of suffering.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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This is what is meant by the term “mindfulness”. Notice the various your mental formations and learn to see them with great clarity. Learn to recognize how the seeds of suffering, when watered, will sprout and cause pain and suffering to yourself and to those in your life. This awareness must become so clear that it will be natural for you to avoid watering those seeds, just as it is natural to avoid driving into a pothole in the road.  

When we water the seeds of happiness, joy, contentment, clarity, compassion etc. soon our inner garden will be full of beautiful flowers and there is no place for the weeds of sorrow, anger, guilt, jealousy etc. Be a good gardener everyday and be patient for the seeds to sprout and blossom.

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