Mindfulness: Peace Within Yourself. Listening with the ear of our heart – Oprah and Thich Nhat Hanh discuss how the practice of mindfulness brings peace within yourself.
“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” Thích Nhất Hạnh
No judging, just awareness. It’s as simple as that. Starting with your breath and keeping your awareness there tune in to your surroundings. Be in gratitude for all that life brings your way, even the lettuce that isn’t growing well. It is as it is. Just understanding. And with that understanding – that awareness – comes compassion and love – and that affects how you perceive the situation.
Awareness first, then choice. That’s finding the peace within.