Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

“Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.”  “Breathing out I know I am breathing out”

It is such a simple practice, but it can transform your life.

Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home.

Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life. There are those of us who are alive but don’t know it. But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.

Happiness

La raíz de la felicidad descansa en nuestra  mente; las circunstancias externas no son mas que adversas o favorables. 

Matthieu Ricard

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“The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.”

Matthieu Ricard

What is essential is invisible to the eyes

landscape“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“Sólo con el corazón se puede ver bien. Lo esencial es invisible par los ojos”

How to Cook your Life

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THE POT IS ALWAYS BOILING

There will always be an infinity of things to do. We can never get our life or our business or our kitchen running exactly the way we want it to run. No matter how we envision it, it can’t be that way. Life is not predetermined to the point that we can get to some stage and then see how it all works. What happens is that we have a better and better understanding of things, we have more and more clarity and ability to deal with things as they arise. But they keep arising, endlessly. The empty sky is always creating new clouds. The pot is always boiling.

How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment by Zen Master Dōgen, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi

 

La cacerola siempre está hirviendo

Siempre hay infinitas cosas que hacer, no podemos hacer que nuestra vida, nuestro trabajo o nuestra cocina vaya exactamente del modo en que queremos. Da igual del modo en que lo visualicemos, no irá de ese modo. La vida no está predeterminada de manera que lleguemos a un punto en el que veamos cómo va a ir todo. Lo que ocurre es que tenemos un mejor entendimiento de las cosas, tenemos mas y mas claridad y habilidad para tratar con las cosas cuando aparecen. Pero siguen apareciendo sin final. El cielo vacio está siempre creando nubes. La cacerola está siempre hirviendo.