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The Miracle of Mindfulness

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What can I say about The Miracle of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World’s Most Revered Master?

On opening the package that landed on my doorstep I admit that I expected more. The Miracle of Mindfulness is a very tiny book, but gosh does it make an impact!

In The Miracle of Mindfulness, Buddhist Monk and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Nhat Hahn (pronounced Tik · N’yat · Hawn) describes the practice of mindfulness beautifully through anecdotes, as well as providing practical exercises with the aim to arrive at greater self-understanding and peacefulness, regardless of our own religious beliefs.

The Miracle of Mindfulness has certainly assisted me in the development of my own mindfulness practice. I am slowly becoming less anxious and less judgmental. I am breathing better, and my body doesn’t feel as tense.

My favourite practice that I’ve taken away from the book is doing anything with a half-smile, just as the statues and painting of  Buddha depict him sitting cross-legged with a half-smile. Aside from relaxing the muscles on your face, and helping to lift your spirits, it’s hard  to remain so when you are sitting there with a half-smile.  Try it out next time you are irritated. Half smile, and then inhale and exhale. Maintain the half-smile for three breaths. The entire thought just amuses me!

Aside from that The Miracle of Mindfulness has helped to remind me to focus on the beauty and miracles that are around me at any moment in time:

I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plants and wild grasses on both sides, putting each foot down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth. In such moments, existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality. People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognise: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

I am in love with this book and in awe of Thich Nhat Hahn. For me, The Miracle of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World’s Most Revered Master has been like finding a little nugget of gold. It is oh so valuable and has enriched my life.

  • Muriel
    March 8, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Janine, where will you stop? healthy eating, meditation…How do you do it? Somehow I am not disciplined enough to do any of this…

    • Janine Ripper
      March 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Oh I still eat my fair share of naughty stuff! Thus why my stomach has been telling me off for weeks! I’m not disciplined but I try 🙂 the intent is there. Always a work in progress, and the point behind mindfulness is to look at yourself without judgment – to be kind on oneself – which I love!

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  • Jennifer Wolfe
    November 22, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I love that you shared this…one of my friends just presented me with his book, The Art of Communicating. She is a Buddhist and practices with him…she brought me a piece of calligraphy about teaching and being present that made me cry. I love his words and am so glad to find we have this in common!

  • Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings...
    November 23, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Very interesting. I’m not familiar with the book, but your review has piqued my interest. I will have to check it out.

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    November 23, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Oh I need that half smile today. After 10 days of a sick child, I now have the other daughter sick and I have picked up a nasty throat infection, so I need to be mindful of the good today. Thanks Janine #FRidayreflections

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