Friday, February 27, 2015

someone who doesn’t have compassion cannot be happy - Thich Nhat Hanh

Eating and drinking can be very violent to us and to the world. If we don’t know how to practice mindful eating, we can bring a lot of poisons and a lot of violence into our body and consciousness. Reading and watching television can also be very violent. This is why we have to learn to consume with mindfulness.
Mindfulness can guide us and protect our body, our mind, and the collective body and consciousness of our family and all beings on the planet. In our family we may like to sit down together and discuss how to apply nonviolence in our daily life—in our eating, drinking, and entertaining.

Eating and drinking can be a deeply spiritual act. We can eat in such a way that we nurture our compassion and understanding, and only bring into our body what is nourishing and healing. We can eat in a way that helps the energy of compassion in us to arise and grow. This is a very deep practice…
We have to eat with discernment and with mindfulness in order to be able to see clearly and keep our compassion alive.

I have learned during my life that someone who doesn’t have compassion cannot be happy. Without the energy called compassion, we’re cut off from the world. We’re not in touch with other living beings. So we eat in such a way that compassion is possible. With our awareness of nature and living beings, we can learn to produce and eat food in such a way that life around us and within us is still possible…

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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The reason we are foolish enough to make ourselves suffer and make the other person suffer is that we forget that we and the other person are impermanent. Someday, when we die, we will lose all our possessions, our power, our family, everything. Our freedom, peace, and joy in the present moment is the most important thing we have. But without an awakened understanding of impermanence, it is not possible to be happy.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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In modern society most of us don't want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book - we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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