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“Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” —New York Times“Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man…. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.In this much-anticipated follow“Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” —New York Times“Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man…. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.In this much-anticipated follow-up to his bestselling classic, Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh—one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today—offers an insightful guide to living a fuller life. In this deeply insightful meditation, the world-renowned Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master, poet, scholar, and peace activist illuminates how each of us can incorporate the practice of mindfulness into our every waking moment. In the tradition of The Art of Happiness and Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace Is Every Breath opens a pathway to greater spiritual fulfillment through its patient examination of how we live our lives....

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Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives Reviews

  • Underpressure
    2019-04-23 06:10

    Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh's books are amazing. He provides a clear spiritual perspective for many modern day preoccupations. His life guides are not usually the thing you would read through in one sitting but the kind of book you would consult on and off throughout the years. His advice is deviously simple yet highly logical and practical. I recommend his books to anyone interested in buddhist philosophy. His spiritual advice is inclusive, meaning that it can apply to people from any and all walks of life/faiths.

  • Marigold
    2019-05-18 02:09

    I feel that Peace is Every Step was a more worldview-shattering book than this. However, this does have some ideas and concepts that are helpful, which I will run through in no particular format. This is a personal review so I can look back on it later."I am home; I have arrived" in each moment of being in your body - no need to rush about anxiously looking toward a particular time, ever moving into the future, of when you can relax. Consciously smiling in the morning when you wake up to set the tone. Knowing that whatever you doing at that moment - making coffee, brushing your hair, walking in the parking lot - is the only thing in the world you have to DO at that moment, so DO it lightheartedly. Don't eat WHILE reading or watching anything. Just eat and enjoy the tastes and textures. Coming back to the awareness of breathing throughout the day, which also helps me adjust my posture. "Dear habit energy, I see you!" is a very good one. It is a way to acknowledge when your mind races into the past or future, without judging, just seeing, to gently come back to the present moment if you can, or if not, to lessen the power of that energy over you. Especially when dealing with horrors of the past, you can remember that those mental movies playing in your head *are not real,* they are not happening now, and how you behave and feel in *this* moment can be completely separated from what happened then. You can also name your "mental formations" - this is anger, this is anxiety, this is irritation. By naming them you can give them a chance to calm. You cannot calm the tiger you do not see in the fronds. There is an idea of "refreshing" ourselves as flowers in bloom, rather than clenched, wilting blossoms. You've probably met someone who seems to be open and glad - glad to be alive, glad to be wherever they are, at home with themselves and not worried. This is the sort of example of how we can strive to be. Be glad to be alive. Have a solid foundation in the root of your body and bloom in your breath each minute. Undo the tensions in your body. One way is to imagine a lovely vista with calm water. Another important concept is that emotional storms will inevitably pass through you, but you will survive and get to the other side. The knowledge that it will pass makes the storm bearable and lets you wait before acting. It is okay to feel storms, and getting alone and breathing through them can be very beneficial.If your mental boat is consistently too full of baggage of worries and fears, it will ride low in the water and be easily capsized or sunken by a storm. Bail out the things you carry with you unnecessarily from moment to moment, and sail easily with enough space around you to maneuver and have love and kindness in your space instead, for yourself and others. The "store consciousness," often called the subconscious, is where your past experiences are kept in the mind, and these old stories are often triggered by present day interactions. It can get so most of your time is spent recalling old things that are not in the present. It is better to practice making *positive* reactions to reroute your mind. I personally think it may be helpful to spend some time looking in a mirror with a list of positive emotion words and practicing experiencing them and making appropriate joyful faces. Get out of the habit rut with conscious correction practice. This is right mindfulness over negative mindfulness/attention.Mindful consumption means choosing to consume things that bring wholesome peace to our body and mind. There are 4 kinds - edible, sense impressions (media we choose to consume), volition (remembering what our higher aspirations are), and consciousness (collective from our personal culture; choosing to surround ourselves with those who are wholesome and kind to avoid becoming used to those who are negative). Aimlessness means not seeking. We are home, we have arrived. We are what we want to become. We do not have to feel that we can only be our true selves later after we have accomplished something. Happiness is here. The wave doesn't need to seek oneness with the water.Deep listening means letting another speak of their troubles without interruption, judgment, or too much advice. Give advice later, in small doses, as they can digest it. Just the act of listening relieves suffering. In the moment, there is much turmoil and it is best to be patient before responding. Deep listening to yourself means taking care of your anger. Feel compassion towards your anger and toward the suffering it brings you. Wrap your anger in soothing waters and let it be quenched slowly. The book also includes short gathas, or small poems to recite during daily activities, which are interesting to consider. Gratitude in the moment is a major theme. One already has all the conditions of happiness about them. Shelter, clothing, food, family. There is no need to seek. Empty your boat of worries so you can sail easily and have light love.

  • T.Kay Browning
    2019-04-21 08:02

    This one really suffered from not being read by Hanh. I have listened to a couple of his other works, one a book and one a lecture, where he is the narrator/speaker and his speaking style is just out of this world awesome. A lot of it still comes through in his writing, but you miss so much of the great care with which he treats his world and the wonderful pacing that he uses.Still, lots of wonderful teachings and firm, real world examples that I would love to have form the very core of who I am.

  • Trey Nowell
    2019-05-01 02:06

    Another excellent book by Hanh focusing on the importance of peace and centering ones self in that which is important. This book helps as a guide for self-reflection, very impressed with all of his work.

  • Marjorie
    2019-05-18 04:16

    Like the author's earlier book "Peace is Every Step," "Peace is Every Breath" is a slim volume of short chapters, written using deceptively simple language and metaphors, that explains deep Buddhist concepts with a clarity that sometimes feels like a revelation. (In particular, when I read the sections on right mindfulness and wrong mindfulness, something clicked and I felt that I understood the concept of mindfulness in a way that I hadn't before.) The book begins with concrete suggestions for cultivating mindfulness and concentration while doing everyday activities, such as waking up, washing your face, and brushing your teeth. The topics then become broader and more abstract, touching on subjects such as breaking out of the prison of the past, contemplating impermanence, and the nature of true love.The book also contains calligraphy by the author and two appendixes -- a selection of short verses ("gathas") that can be recited during daily activities to bring the mind back to the present moment, and an updated version of the "Five Mindfulness Trainings," aka the "Five Precepts," for guidance on "the path of ever deepening wisdom."

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-26 01:14

    I'm not rating this as I feel it is one of those books that can mean more to you in a couple of years time, when you pick out a special chapter and re-read.So I'm just going to give you my impressions of the first read:Pro:+Short, clear chapters, most on practical every day stuff+All the parts about dealing with (what I would call) negative feelings+The Five Precepts added in the back for good measure+The dutch edition I have looks very attractive, like a real gift to yourself or a loved oneCon:-The part about centering the mind currently is too complicated to fully grasp for me-I have found that gatha's are not my thing. The book is filled with them and there are only 2 or 3 I can see myself using, ever. (I might however be tempted to make up my own in the future.)

  • Kia Turner
    2019-05-09 02:13

    Peace Is Every Breath is a quick read, and a great introduction to the idea of mindfulness seen through the buddhist philosophy. Nhat Hanh makes an effort in this book to educate readers on his groundbreaking ideas of buddhism that is applicable to the present day, and presents not only the mantras themselves, but also guidelines on how to approach and understand them. If you are short on time and looking for a simple read that you can use as a sort of guidebook and continually come back to - this is the book for you. Personally, I was looking for something with a little bit more depth and intricacy, but it still made for a very enjoyable read!

  • Polo
    2019-04-29 06:54

    If you want to read this book, I recommend performing a google and find the free .pdf file. It is freely available online to download. Personally, it is not worth paying money to read. Its nothing new that hasn't been said before about being mindful while brushing teeth, and watching the breath, watching thoughts. For anyone new to meditation and mindfulness it would have value. However, if one has been focused on mindfulness for some time, check out the free download and make a decision if you want to read it.

  • Nikki
    2019-05-13 01:12

    Outstanding book on mindfulness!! Designed for modern day, busy workers like myself. Thich Nhat Hanh poignantly discusses ways to always return you mind to the moment, whether you're washing dishes, getting in the car to go to work, or taking a few minutes for a quiet walk. You don't have to sit to enjoy the benefits of meditation. You can mediate throughout the day, staying mindful and being present. I highly recommend this book!

  • Jeff Yoak
    2019-04-30 00:55

    It is interesting to me how much similarity there is in evidence-based, non-mystical works on mindfulness and works more based on a mystical tradition in terms of describing practice and technique. That said, I strongly prefer the former, and this was mostly either familiar to me or new poetry of the sort I'm not really seeking.

  • Zoom
    2019-05-11 00:16

    I want to live more mindfully and I try to have an open mind about it. I like the concept, but I can't get into Thich Nhat Hanh. I find myself thinking the emperor has no clothes...he's just a brand.

  • Abbey
    2019-05-18 05:19

    i mean, of course. thich nhat hanh is the best. i read it faster than one should read a book about mindfulness, but i just got so excited to practice that i couldn't help myself.

  • Beth
    2019-05-10 06:09

    Nice ideas, but I felt that it read like a self-help article in a magazine - over-simplified and casual.

  • Matt
    2019-04-24 01:50

    This book packs a ton of thought provoking wisdom in a small package. I already know that I will be reading this again and again to hopefully absorb its knowledge and guidance.

  • Kim
    2019-04-24 02:18

    I can't even figure out where to begin. Clearly not the right introduction to mindfulness for me, so full of privilege, sexism, hetero&gender normativity, ableism... I can't even fathom an author who ends a chapter urging the reader to acquire another specific title he wrote and follows the urging with a chapter on mindful shopping. Anger should not be felt because in 300 years we and the person towards whom we feel anger will be dust? Working towards not having anger consume us is great, but he goes on to say, that person is a treasure. Really?!? The cop who kills a black teen for no reason is a treasure to the grieving mother, to other black teens angry that they get racially profiled too?!? There is no "Buddhist gift" follow up; no silver lining support suggesting how a person who invokes anger is "a treasure." That's just one of many examples that I find egregiously privileged. I can't outline all. This would be a line for line analysis plus a commentary on the overall social assumptions of I were to take it on fully.I hated this book. It did not help increase my understanding of mindfulness or of Buddhism. It made me realize this author is NOT for me. I'll look elsewhere. It would have no stars if that were an option. Condescending, arrogant, full of "wrong perceptions" to use one of the oft-used, unintended oxymorons of the author, this might win worst book I've ever read.

  • Joycelyn
    2019-04-30 03:14

    Each chapter can be read in 5 or 7 minutes first thing in the morning, during lunch time, or some time before bed - which is what I do and find effective, perfect for very busy people. Some may argue the 2 to 4-page sections can be read in 1-2 minutes, but if you rush the reading, you may miss the point of being mindful. Slow down whatever that are happening in your mind, read the book slow, enjoy every bit of the teachings, and allow the material to naturally touch what lays deep inside of you. Also, read the book by chapters, one chapter per day (or every other day), and return to the chapters that you don't understand/don't fully understand yet again and again. This is my advice for reading the book in order to grasp the many levels of deep meanings it is trying to convey.I also like the gathas section near the end of the book. Despite the fact that some may be hard to grasp in the first read, they are generally short and easy to remember. Every time I remind myself of them while washing hands, drinking water, or whatever business I engage in, I can always find a different layer of meaning in such succinctly, beautifully written verses.I really appreciate having a chance to read this book, and hope you will find the book helpful, too.Thank you, Thay, for such a beautiful work.Love <3Joycelyn

  • Ana Gutierrez
    2019-05-10 05:07

    This was a cute little read. Thought provoking and it offered wonderful little "gathas" to ponder during mindful meditation.The introduction says this is a continuation of two other books, The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace Is Every Step. I enjoyed this book and the authors writing that I think I'll be checking those two out as well.

  • Alex
    2019-05-10 08:18

    This book provides a good framework to integrating meditative practice into everyday life. Some of his language didn't sit quite right with me, but the majority of it seemed like good advice to bring to every moment.

  • Audrey
    2019-04-20 06:09

    major epiphany after reading this book...highly recommend!

  • Peter
    2019-05-04 06:14

    This book has helped me to establish a firmer footing on the attitudes with which I approach my self, my family,my friends, and the world. It offers practices to help cultivate that attitude.

  • Eduardo
    2019-05-05 01:18

    This is a very good book to start with for people who are interested in Mindfulness. If you like Thay's teachings, you can't miss it.

  • Terri
    2019-05-07 06:54

    Great Buddhist principles to apply to everyday life to start embracing a healthier way of living! Great book!

  • Susan
    2019-05-17 06:05

    The passages were hot or miss for me. Some very powerful, some not so much.

  • Mariana
    2019-04-28 03:05

    wonderful; to be read over and over

  • Adanna
    2019-05-21 03:14

    Feelings:So when do i assume lotus position and go 'ohmmmmm'?Thoughts:Peace is hard work (practice) but also kind of simple (steps).My copy of this book is filled with notes to self and underlined paragraphs and question marks!I loved the book's style as it flowed easily from one 'chapter' to the next. Short and sweet.I have to say once i started reading this, it was not what i expected, but i guess i had planned for the future of this book without letting it unfold in the now!I've learnt so much from this man, that it would be a shame not to practice and apply what resonated with me.Without further ado, some of the lines that resonated with me and (my take):1. When our mind is calm, it reflects reality accurately, without distortion. (breathe, listen, observe, learn, see)2. If we have too many worries, fears and doubts, we have no room for living and loving. We need to practice letting go. (LET SHIT GO)3.The world inside your head is far removed from the world as it really is. (Overthinking is killing you girl!)4. Living among people who have wholesome minds, we can nourish and protect the best qualities in our own minds and with a strong collective consciousness like that we can help to change and transform society. (I may need people after all)5. It is our own attitude, the way we look at things, our approach to life, that determines whether we are happy or not. (Change your attitude to be happy)6. Someone who's there today might not be there tomorrow; someone who's strong and healthy today might fall ill tomorrow; someone who's not bery nice today may become a much nicer person tomorrow; and so on. (NOTHING is permanent)7. This does not exist without that. (No man is an island)8. We have to love ourselves before we truly can love anyone else. (That's what i've been saying!)9. Equanimity means not drawing lines, not taking sides, not discriminating, not rejecting...not excluding anyone. This is the highest love, the love that can embrace every human and every living thing. (#LifeGoals)10. Patience is one of the marks of true love. (Learn to have some Adanna!)11. When we're upset, we have a responsibility to let the other person know. (STOP BOTTLING UP YOUR FEELINGS GIRL! You will always explode)12. If we can understand our own suffering, we easily will be able to understand the suffering of others. So we should come back to ourselves first and get in touch with the suffering inside of us and not give in to the urge to run away from it or numb ourselves into forgetting about it. (Learn to deal and stop running)Blehs:Honestly, this book makes life seem simple which may be misleading, in my opinion. 'Follow this and it may lead you down that path which will give you a desired result' is the general vibe. Basically, i think this book forgot to factor in the whole 'other people are involved' aspect of it all. It's all well and good ' to have a responsibility to tell someone you are upset with them' but really no one cares.. :(

  • Taylor Trauger
    2019-04-27 05:15

    I enjoyed this book, but I listened to it and was done in two hours and it has all kind of blended together with some of his other work I've read. I think it would be much more meaningful to take your time reading it and be able to pick up the book any time to reread all the little poems he includes.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-01 03:58

    SHORT VERSION: I really enjoyed the book and would encourage others to read it if you're new to mindfulness and looking for a more flowing, poetic, continuous textual approach. LONG VERSION: This was the first full-length book of Nhất Hạnh's that I've read, though I'd been meaning to for a while. It was a really beautiful little experience. He speaks -- that's what it feels like; he's not writing -- in such an informal, personable way that you really feel like he's engaged in a conversation with you, respecting you as an equal and wanting you to be as comfortable with him as he is with you. There were so many times when reading that I felt like I was listening to my grandmother telling me advice, in the best way possible.Nhất Hạnh focuses on the idea that in every single action you carry out during the day -- whether it's the simple act of taking a breath (hence the title) or brushing your teeth, eating a meal or driving your car, taking a step or changing for bed -- can be done in a mindful, present way that promote both inner and outer peace. He works very hard to get you to understand his points, and the repetition comes off as helpful, not annoying. By the midway point in the book, just his cadence felt like peace.His advice felt practical and "right," whatever that means. I often get the feeling that self-help and spiritual books are too ridiculous or in-the-clouds to be taken seriously, but everything Nhất Hạnh said had me wanting to apply it in my life. I think I abused the highlight function on my Kindle pretty well. I've already begun to practice applying his ideas, selecting one or two a week to focus on. It's difficult at first, but you get the hang of it -- that's the joy of mindfulness.As an added bonus, Nhất Hạnh includes some lovely explains of his calligraphy and an appendix of sorts of his gathas, which are short verses that you recite in your mind to help maintain your mindfulness. I have been getting my ideas for mindfulness approaches to try based on the gathas that really appealed to me when I first read them.SEE MORE:

  • Chris
    2019-04-29 05:11

    Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives by Thich Nhat HanhWhen I started this book I thought it was a bit slow and it took me while to get what Thich Nhat Hanh was trying to get across. Putting aside time to meditate probably holds more people away from meditation than anything else. In our already overburdened lives how do add time that appears to be accomplishing nothing.Through many examples of small meditations that are easy to add into your life, Hanh is putting forth two messages. The first is that anyone can meditate because you can meditate just about anywhere and just about any time. You don’t have to be sitting like a pretzel, your eyes don’t have to be closed, and it doesn’t have to be quiet. The second message is that more accomplished meditators need to expand the practice out of the easy space and into life as we live it. That meditating while sitting and then not being mindful the rest of the day or week, is like attending church on Sunday and not thinking of God again until the next Sunday.There are a lot of simple examples packed into this book. When I finally understood how what Hanh was saying directly spoke to me and that I could implement some of the examples now and then add others later on, I started really getting into the book, the examples and the reasoning behind the examples. This is not that long of a book, and when I got to the end I wanted more.I would recommend this book that is looking to deepen their spirituality through meditation or prayer. Or if you are just looking to increase your mindfulness as you go through your day.

  • MyNguyen1709
    2019-05-04 00:51

    Mới đầu đọc tựa sách "Thiền tập cho người bận rộn" hơi phản cảm tí vì không thích là người mang danh bận rộn đối với việc đọc sách, mình thích thảnh thơi và đọc từ từ. Nhưng mà là của Thích Nhất Hạnh - Tác giả, Thiền sư yêu thích của mình nên không khỏi tò mò lật ra đọc thử. Ngay trang bìa là bài thi kệ tường tự bài mình đọc hoài mỗi sáng: "Thức dậy miệng mỉm cười. Hăm bốn giờ tinh khôi. Xin nguyện sống trọn vẹn. Mắt thương nhìn cuộc đời." Bài mình đọc thì câu cuối là "Hiến dâng cho cuộc đời". Dù là câu nào cũng hay quá đỗi. Rồi đọc thêm mấy trang nữa quyết định là mình phải mua. Quyển sách nhỏ với kích thước 10x15 có thể bỏ túi dễ dàng, đi đâu, chờ ai lâu lôi ra đọc không bị ai để ý ^__^. Tuy là cuốn sách nhỏ nhưng nội dung lại chứa đựng tinh hoa của rất nhiều cuốn sách: Đường xưa mây trắng, Giận, Hạnh phúc Mộng và thực, Bông hồng cài áo... và nhiều quyển khác mình chưa đọc. Từng giây phút, từng việc mình làm (dù là lái xe, rửa chén, ăn cơm...) đều có thể quay về với hơi thở, đưa thân và tâm về một mối, để có thể sống trọn vẹn trong từng phút giây của hiện tại. Và mình đã thử và duy trì thực tập, dù không phải lúc nào cũng thực tập tốt, nhưng những lúc làm được đúng là mình sống sâu sắc, biết ơn và hạnh phúc hơn rất nhiều. Gửi yêu thương cho cuộc đờiGửi hi vọng cho người thương

  • Jason Fella
    2019-05-12 07:56

    First off, I love Thich Nat Hanh's work and books. I've seen his video seminar and read several of his books. This one is concise, easy to understand, and hits all the right points. Yes, it's a little repetative (like all buddhism books) but that's because the core concepts in Buddhism are so basic that everything will come back to that. Repetition helps reinforce those simple truths.My ONLY complaint about this (and similar) books, is the ease with which the author insists you can banish or control negative emotions. For example, he gives a very simple technique for releasing negative emotions in the book, which I'd learned a while ago. I suffer from depression and fairly moderate/severe anxiety disorder. I get very anxious sometimes, often over very small things or even no reason that I can pinpoint. He says in the book if you do this breathing technique for even 5 minutes a day for a couple of weeks, you'll be able to release negative emotion after that. There are times when I do this for an hour or more and it doesn't even make a dent in my anxiety. So I think these books aren't great at keeping perspective, at times. They've been doing this their whole lives, so it's easy for them. For the rest of us, not so much =)At any rate, this is a quick, enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.