Being Peace is one of many books written by spiritual teacher and author Thich Nhat Hanh.
I picked this book for the second time and gave it a read. I believe the second time I read this book I picked up on many important words I did not the first time I read the book.
Being Peace is a book on love for your fellow-man, courage, overcoming suffering, meditation, understanding different perspectives, good will towards others, oneness and having peace of mind.
I believe the message in book Being Peace and several other books do have a common overlap. In Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, he talks about waking to your life’s purpose. A message I got from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book.
Developing Your Understanding
I believe this is a great book for anyone who is trying to gain an understanding about life, mindfulness, consciousness and changing negative energy to positive.
Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh is lovingly called, teaches smiling can create peace in the world. I believe he spends a great deal of time in meditation to gain the other person’s viewpoint.
Here are 25 lessons I learned in my meditation. I believe we can all benefit from doing a 5 to 15-minute meditation each day. I know with all the technology today it has become harder for many people to find the time. But I believe we can all find enlightenment in our technology world, in our own way,
Although Thay does not cover the topic of death extensively in Being Peace, I believe here are other great books that can add to the teaching.
I believe in his book, Measure of a Man, Sidney Poitier helped us understand what it takes to be true to the essence of yourself. There is also an older book called, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which can be paired alongside this book to give you an understanding of how to be peace.
Being Peace, Love and Understanding
Becoming peace is a journey we all can take. Many of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching come from his understanding of what the Buddha thought. Based on what he has learned and practiced, I believe anyone can learn and practice the same principles.
As I study this book and as you read the statements below, realize everything that I wrote down is a understanding that came to me as I processed Thay’s message.
I hope you read the statements below and begin to find peace with yourself and others. I know you can be the symbol of peace and love in your circle of friends and influence others to do the same.
- You can’t give anyone anything you do not possess.
- Life is full of suffering and happiness, which one do you choose to live in?
- Smile because your day and the day of others, depends on it.
- The first thing we must get good at is recognizing the goodness all around us. We should stop looking only at the suffering.
Develop your capability of understanding people when they talk and don’t talk. Even when there is silence, much is being said, if we can listen.
- In all situations, we must learn to be calm. Our calmness can help cleanse the world of negative outcomes.
- To understand how someone else is feeling, without using your judgement, will allow you to become awaken to other people.
- Understanding and love is the path to true enlightenment. In meditation, those two factors can help you and I see clearly.
- “I take refuge in the Buddha, the Buddha takes refuge in me.” The name Buddha can be replaced with any name you want. This does not have to be a religious statement.
- Look to nature as your teacher, then you will see that the teacher is always present. Nature frequently waits for her student.
- Why is it we who have all 5 senses; sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing, do not find happiness compared to those who don’t have all 5 senses?
- Look to find peace in movement and non-movement alike.
- Miscommunication and misunderstanding are major reasons we suffer and continue to suffer. Find ways to deal with these two factors.
- To understand people, places and things you must become ‘one’ with them.
No matter the feelings inside you, first become one with those feeling and understand them. Then you begin to understand how to deal with them.
- We must be willing to keep an open mind and not hold on to our beliefs so tightly. Our understanding of the world should not remain the same when the world keeps changing.
- Everything has a connect. Look at what goes into the creation of a flower, a piece of paper or a tiny ant and you will see they all need the same element in nature to survive, thrive or grow.
- Your actions in meditation should benefit all the things outside your meditation.
- Is your spiritual practice about quality of time spent in meditation or quantity of time spent meditating?
- When you face a negative situation, news story, talking with a friend, work colleague, boss or family members, look at the other person’s perspective and understand why the other person is of that opinion.
- I believe it is necessary to love and live in harmony with people, animals, plants and minerals. This is awakening to life’s purpose.
14 Mindfulness Trainings
- You can achieve Peace of mind when you are free from fanaticism.
- It is important you don’t get attached to ideas, outcomes and current understanding.
- We will not force others to adopt of way of thinking.
- You can eliminate your pain and suffering by helping others who suffer.
- Live simply and happy. We need compassion, understanding and solidarity for our fellow human beings.
- Do not fight someone else’s anger with words, rather look inwards to understand their pain, hurt and cause of anger.
- Live life in awareness not just being aware.
- Listen, don’t speak. Look to understand others without judgement or picking a side.
- Use positive words and build yourself and people you meet.
- You will not use your understanding to manipulate other or push political agendas.
- Find ways to live in harmony even with those you have a different view point from.
- Practice a life of non-violence, unnecessary conflict and easy the suffering of those who suffer.
- We must stop others from profiting, if it is done due to the suffering of others.
- We will not look outside of our spousal relationship for sexual gratification.
- If you have children, then make the world a better place for them to grow up in.
- If you want to understand a person, situation or a problem you can meditate on it to understand both sides of the story.
- We can use external sounds to bring us back to your own consciousness.
As you can see there is a lot I took away from this book. I hope these 25 statements and questions will give you the outlook you’re looking for as you begin you journey on Being Peace.
After reading this book I believe we can all be more aware of what we do and how we react to situations. We could all unite and improve the lives of millions of people if we want.
We need to become peace and make the world a peaceful place for everyone to enjoy. Life is about self-discovery, like in the book The Alchemist, we must go out and find what our calling is and then presume that dream.
Which of the 25 statements on Being Peace spoke to you the most?
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