About the Author
Zen master Thich Nhat Hang is a mastermind of Meditation and Mindfulness.
After being a peace activist and strong promoter of non violence for the better part of his life, Thay took on the task of promoting Buddhism and Mindfulness around the world.
After being exiled from Vietnam Hang he founded the famous Buddhist School Plum Village Monastery in France.
Teachings in PVM usually centered around Zen Buddhism, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes rigorous self-restraint, insight into the nature of mind and nature of things, the personal expression of this insight into daily life and meditation-practice.
Life at Plum Village was therefore characterized by the application of Mindfulness to every day activities like sitting, walking, eating, etc.
Today you can choose from over 100 books Thich Nhat Hang wrote about Mindfulness.
Many Mindfulness practitioners view him as one of the best teachers in Self Awareness Techniques.
According to them, Being in the Moment explained by Thay isn't the confusing buzzword it usually is today, but a simple way to leap towards the Buddhist idea of enlightenment.
Which makes The Miracle of Mindfulness an easy pick for our Best Mindfulness Books for Beginners - Top 5 Compilation.
Its clear and easy examples make it very simple to understand and a pleasure to read.
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About the Book
The Miracle of Mindfulness was first published in 1975 and to this ongoing day still serves as one of the best Manuals on Meditation.
It's insight was originally a long letter written by Thay to encourage students of the Plum Village Monastery during the cruel time of war.
N-one really understood the principles or basic ideas behind Buddhism at that time.
People were angry about the fact that they wouldn't fight and would periodically attack, kidnap and even murder students from PVM.
An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation is not your typical book of education.
The wisdom and magic of Mindfulness is elegantly hidden within 7 chapters of gentle and sympathetic anecdotes anyone can relate to.
Followed by a somewhat larger chapter containing practical Meditation Exercises that get increasingly harder.
The first few chapters are all about Mindfulness and how it can help anyone to gain control over their emotions and live a peaceful life.
Chapter by chapter Thay uses unique stories to explain the need for and the benefits of Mindfulness.
Even though every story is different, all of them can be approached Mindful, which just goes to show what an excellent register of negative emotions to work through this book can be.
According to Thich Nhat Hang Mindfulness done right gives you endless time:
If you can enjoy any moment, this moment becomes yours. Your time.
If not, you'll be growing impatient because of the time lost during that moment.
"Keep the attention focused on the work, be alert and ready to handle ably and intelligently any situation which may arise – this is Mindfulness.”
Impermanence - The next step to Enlightenment
Impermanence essentially describes the realization that reality is nothing more than the combination of the world and your mind.
Your thoughts and your body.
Your self and all your dreams are already real. Within you.
This knowledge empowers you to let go of the traditional and most common way of searching for ones self on the outside, in which you would put all your hope into something else providing this self for you.
Your self and all your dreams and ideas are already real.
They just need to be allowed to happen.
Learning Mindfulness Meditation by practical application
The last Miracle of Mindfulness is its actual application to the real world.
This is the most important chapter!
It offers a catalog of example practices for different kind of emotions to get control of and features a couple of easy and simple ones while also giving you a solid foundation for the more intense and challenging feelings.
How to practice Mindfulness
Knowing about the very basics about Mindfulness is enough to get started.
You can view every situation you're facing as an opportunity to become aware and engage more mindful.
Don't focus on anything else than the thing you're doing.
Be aware of everything that is happening, when it is happening.
Be aware of you walking when you walk and be aware of you talking when you talk.
Everything else, any thoughts or feelings you're experiencing, has to be acknowledged, accepted and let go of before redirecting your focus on the thing you're doing.
All those emotions are real things, but it is your responsibility to decide if at all and how they fit into your idea of life. They cannot be allowed to make decisions for you.
But don't judge!
After all, those thoughts emerged from within you and are just trying to open up a dialog.
Knowing that you're everything to be fully present.
After understanding Impermanence and the realization of change of your self, you'll be able to let go of the false view, in which the world and the self are separated entities that change.
This interconnectedness gives you liberation from all the pressure of the outside world, teaching you the way of a non discriminating mind.
When you can see that nothing is out there to get, nothing to strive for, nothing to fear, the reality your looking for can only be within you.
You just have to listen to your self to let that reality happen.
No matter how simple the task at hand, Thich Nhat Hang can show you how the meditative mind can be incorporated and thus being fully present achieved all the time.
His chosen Mindful Meditation exercises are what makes this book so practical.
If you want to get started nice and easy Miracle of Mindfulness is without a doubt the right pick!
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