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The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

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In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulne ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Beacon Press (first published 1975)
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Xavier Guillaume If you turned to page 79 there is a chapter on Exercises in Mindfulness. The book describes mindfulness as not just something you do as you meditate, …moreIf you turned to page 79 there is a chapter on Exercises in Mindfulness. The book describes mindfulness as not just something you do as you meditate, but something you kind of do throughout the day. So it is like always meditating. It is a lot, but that's why the book breaks it down into little steps. Like being mindful when you wake up, or being mindful when you bathe, or being mindful while you walk, or do dishes, etc. As you practice the exercises you can learn to be mindful throughout the day. But the book also teaches how to meditate too, so that you can go deeper into your understanding of your place in the Universe and the interconnection that is life.(less)
Branan Dubh I think that is there for reference. It can be interesting to have a look at the original Buddhist texts, but they are obviously much harder to penetr…moreI think that is there for reference. It can be interesting to have a look at the original Buddhist texts, but they are obviously much harder to penetrate, being written in an ancient language a long time ago. (less)

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probably the best book on mindfulness meditation out there. thich naht hahn is a bloody genius, and this book isn't even my favorite of his. but really, the one-thing-in-the-moment meditation has helped me a lot. we joke about it - going to wash one dish when we are upset - but it's surprisingly useful. my favorite thing to do is go through my books/papers/etc. - a tactic i learned from this book. it's wildly relaxing, and i feel like i've accomplished something. this is also the reason my books ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
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The subtitle is "an introduction to the practice of meditation." That's a bit misleading. This is a lot more than a value-free manual. The introduction tells us this the main text was originally a long letter from Thich Nhat Hanh to a fellow Buddhist monk in Vietnam in the midst of the war in 1975. Hanh, exiled from Vietnam, worked against the war and was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Translated into English under his supervision by a friend, you can't sever this fro
Mark Robison
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read this 20 years ago, it had a big effect on my life. I decided to read it again, and I remembered all the parts that had been so meaningful before but I didn’t love it. In hindsight, I don’t think I read it mindfully. (Irony alert.) So I read it almost immediately again, and absolutely loved it this time. My favorite parts are when he’s traveling across the U.S. and his friend Jim starts popping pieces of a tangerine in his mouth while discussing their plans. He suggests to Jim he ough ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I am trying to find ways to deal with my anxiety and depression and all the rest, now that I am (once again, and for the final time I think) coming off another failed attempt to go on antidepressants. Mindfulness and meditation have been helping a great deal, though it is still early days for me, and I have to undo a lot of prejudice on my part with respect to the “new age” and “self help” baggage that comes with it. This book was a perfect example of the kind of thing I am looking for. Clear, p ...more
Raul Bimenyimana
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A few weeks ago a friend shared a meditation app. These times have been depressing for me and I found myself more anxious than I normally am, which says a lot, and so after years of uncertainty and suspicion about meditation, I began using the app.

There are three reasons why I looked at meditation distrustfully, the first one being the commercialisation of the practice. The second being that ever since I gave up on religion I avoid a lot of things that would be labelled spiritual. The third bein
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Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred. (c)
howl of minerva
A practical phenomenology of Zen consciousness (genetivus subjectivus and genetivus objectivus).

"He searches all around for his thought. But what thought? It is either passionate, or hateful, or confused [i.e. is bestimmt by a Grundstimmung]. What about the past, future, or present? [Zeitlichkeit/Temporalität]. What is past that is extinct, what is future that has not yet arrived and the present has no stability. For thought, Kasyapa, cannot be apprehended, inside, or outside, or in between both
Robert Julius
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll never wash the dishes the same way again. ...more
Steven Walle
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very good and therough book on the practice of meditation. It is written by a Budist but any one of any mindset or religion can use this book's practices.
I found it informative and I believe I shall reread it and try the practice out.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
While I was reading this (excellent) book, it struck me how much of it recognize from, well, life. Some of the most composed and peaceful people I know already seem to be following TNH's directions, altough they wouldn't call it zen or meditation. This might sound funny, but the most vivid example is washing dishes, brought up by author so often. My stepfather, who is a very wise man, would never go to sleep when there's dishes in the sink, and always takes his sweet time washing them, as if it ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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What a fascinating, thought provoking book. I am very interested in this idea of "mindfulness" and am now trying to put into practice many of the ideas the author of this book suggests. I am finding doing this helps my stress too. If I can focus on the moment, if I can control my mind and just enjoy the moment, the present, what I am actually doing, it does make me calmer and less frazzled. It is a great idea! Who would have thought that it could be calming to wash the dishes, or fold the laundr ...more
Mary Wilson
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember when I was a student. The rules were to simply meditate and that was it! The same with Hindu Yoga. The same with all Eastern paths. Then I stumbled on this book. It was wonderful. Did you know that you can put in as little as 10 minutes a day of sitting meditation and then apply this mindfulness of breath to "washing the dishes"? Later, apply mindfulness (being aware) to taking a bath. To eating. Well, you will meditate now for 1 hour a day. In fact, Buddhist Masters state that minful ...more
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, health
I am new to meditation. This book provided some useful ideas but much of it, although I grasped the concepts, was beyond my ability at this time to accomplish. I expect that I will come back to it periodically when I need help on how to make progress. More than providing me with ideas on meditation, this book introduced me to mindfulness, which was definitely beneficial.
Leslie Reese
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1974 Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a personal letter of encouragement to Brother Quang and the student workers in the School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam. The Miracle of Mindfulness is that letter. The tone is very soothing, wise, and loving, and now that I have been practicing meditation for a few years, I feel even more receptive to his words. I’ve chosen to keep The Miracle of Mindfulness by my bedside, to read from it often, on any day, at any time of day. This first encounter has ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-continued
Very chilled nice book to read.
Sadia Nahreen
I like how the concept of mindfulness was explained here, much of which seemed unreal until I actually tried to put into practice. The first half of the book was a great read, but I found the second half, especially the last few chapters very repetitive. Primary takeaway - mindfulness while doing (or not doing) practically anything, and the concept of Nonpursuit.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was disappointing, as I have heard many great things about Hanh's writing. This book however is a mix of many things, and not all of it is terribly accessible to beginners, which is what the book is supposed to be about.

The first half of the book is a collections of letters, expanded upon, discussing Mindfulness but also talking a great deal about the importance of the breath and breathing in mindfulness. This portion of the book is the most useful, the approach of capturing ones breath and
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of reading this. This is milestone book for me because It's the first book I borrowed from the public library. I'm such a slow a reader: I borrowed this last month and I'm just about to approach the 90-page mark. This book is barely 100 pages.

I picked up this book because last month, I was going through a phase, or a refining fire, or a test. Someone I've known for quite some time and only recently became a friend pointed me to Pema Chondron's thoughts on shenpa and Thich Nhat
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it
"Recall the most significant achievements in your life and examine each of them. Examine your talent, your virtue, your capacity, the convergence of favorable conditions that have led to success. Examine the complacency and the arrogance that have arisen from the feeling that you are the main cause for such success. Shed the light of interdependence on the whole matter to see that the achievement is not really yours but the convergence of various conditions beyond your reach. See to it that you ...more
Josh reading
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and insightful read by Thich Nhat Hanh on the foundations of mindfulness and meditation. Such a peaceful and gently wise book, one that could offer the reader a richer understanding of mindfulness each time they delve into these pages. Absolutely worth your time, quietude indeed.
Christina Bouwens
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Who knew Thich Nhat Hanh would be so brilliant, philosophical while also writing at the Everyman level? A book to savor and apply. Drawing on Tolstoy, "there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person who you are with, who is right before you'. . . . We talk about social service, service to the people, service to humanity, service for others who are far away, helping to bring peace to ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I read over half of this before deciding it wasn't for me. He spends a lot of time talking about very little. He does cover meditation but this could be learned from a multitude of different sources in this day and age. ...more
Very practical applications about mindfulness. Each daily task can be a door that leads to mindfulness. A good book.
The Miracle of Mindfulness is a series of stories and exercises about the practice of mindfulness, originally written by the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and translated by Mobi Ho. The Miracle of Mindfulness is rich, gentle guide with suggestions and reflections that are both practical and transcendent.
Erik Dabel
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the great Buddhist masters of our time, but his work, and his writing, go such much farther than one religion or way of thought.

This book introduces methods and thoughts on meditation, and how to transfer those methods and thoughts to our everyday lives, not only when meditating, but when doing pretty much anything.

The idea of slowing down, and simply paying attention to, ones breathing while being aware of what you are doing at any given moment is somethin
Neeraj Adhikari
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zen
A short and good introduction to mindfulness meditation. A little to short than I had hoped it would be. I couldn't understand the Buddhist sutras towards the end of the book, but probably they are venerable sutras because beginners like me cannot understand them.

After reading three books by Thich Nhat Hanh, what I realized is that reading about mindfulness is way, way, way easier than actually cultivating it. (That seems so obvious in retrospect). But reading and re-rereading the books is a goo
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's really pretty simple. You breathe, and pay attention. Then why is mindfulness so hard? This book goes a long way to help you get there. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mindfulness and meditation are, contrary to what many in the West may think, more than sitting quietly on the floor and staring into nothingness for 30 minutes a day. They are a way of life, a way of framing and contextualizing yourself, your actions and existence in a different way.
Since this was originally a letter from one Buddhist monk to another, many of the things described are not viable for a Western 40+ hour workday and lifestyle. However, the principles and foundations are still valua
So I enjoyed the first half of the book but began hearing an echo in the second half. Obviously the repetitive chants are mantras for meditation but it made for tedious reading. Definitely gonna apply a lot of what is here. Speaking of echoes, these thoughts are found throughout all religious disciplines and philosophies—they’re not new today nor were they new in 300 BC. What would be new is for the world to embrace the ideas and usher in peace—the Millennium. We can only try.
Gideon Yutzy
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-simple but memorable language
-based on meditation and mindfulness practices that Nhat Hanh had actually implemented
-gave me, as a Western Christian, a better understanding into Buddhism
-helped me see that sometimes Buddhist practice and thought is not antithetical to the Jesus movement, but actually closer to the essence than that of much lived Christianity today (Fun fact: Jesus was not a Westerner).
-lots of helpful advice for calming the galloping stallion that is the human mind and also brea
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more

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“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 recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” 1033 likes
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