Peace and Joy Right Now

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Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we do not have peace and joy right now, when will we have peace and joy – tomorrow, or after tomorrow? What is preventing us from being happy right now?

When we are able to take one step peacefully and happily, we are working for the cause of peace and happiness for the whole of humankind. Walking meditation is a wonderful practice.

— excerpted from Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

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To Look at Any Thing

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To look at any thing,
If you would know that thing,
You must look at it long:
To look at this green and say,
“I have seen spring in these
Woods,” will not do – you must
Be the thing you see:
You must be the dark snakes of
Stems and ferny plumes of leaves,
You must enter in
To the small silences between
The leaves,
You must take your time
And touch the very peace
They issue from.~ John Moffitt ~

(Teaching With Fire, edited by S. M. Intrator and M. Scribner)

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Making Peace

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Making peace in ourselves does not mean waiting until the body and mind are transformed or perfect. It does not mean successfully changing our circumstances. True peace is uncovered within us when we learn to accept the body, mind and circumstances as they are. Touching a personal center of balance inside, we depend less and less on outer things to be at OK. We become examples to others, showing how one can still be at ease with a broken arm, a dying friend, a low bank account, or a difficult boss. One can still have compassion for those who are suffering.

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One Step

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“When we are able to take one step peacefully and happily, we are working for the cause of peace and happiness for the whole of humankind.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, from Peace is Every Step

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