Peace Is Every Step : The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

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In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to "mindfulness"—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience ...
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Overview

In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to "mindfulness"—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindFUL.

In this modern spiritual classic, a world spiritual leader and Zen master shows how to adapt simple Zen principles for daily living and the way to peace--the first practical book on the subject since Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Peace Is Every Step offers ways to use everyday events--washing dishes, eating a meal, sitting in traffic--in the quest for peace and fulfillment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553351392
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 33,535
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, and peacemaker who was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. The author of many books, including Living Buddha, Living Christ, he lives in France in the monastic community known as Plum Village and lectures and gives retreats regularly in North America.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Peace is only a Breath Away

    Probably one of the most simple yet profound books I have ever read. It significantly increased my awareness of how accessible peace of mind, body and spirit is. It reads very easy and the insights are simple observations that in our busy lives, we often forget or take for granted. With mindfulness and some practice of breathing and 'enjoying doing the dishes' we can learn to grow from and fully enjoy the process of living and the diversity of life's experiences. Regardless of your spiritual tradition, this book will help you realize that peace of mind, body and spirit is internal and only a breath away. I feel this book promotes world peace, one reader at a time, since peace on earth begins in the heart. I have given many copies as gifts and enjoy hearing how others that I have given the book to are now also passing it along. I especially recommend this book to those who feel they need to slow down (or have been told by others or their doctor that they should). It's time to stop and smell the roses.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Life Changing!

    I was a 20-year-old lifeguard at a Lutheran youth camp when someone gave me "Peace is Every Step." They explained that it wasn't what they expected (I believe they thought it might have more God-centered insight). Anyway, the fellow counselor knew I had studied Easetern Philosophy before, and that I was interested in it. I was kind of floundering at the time when it came to "what to believe in." As I turned through each short section of this easy-to-understand yet rich with understanding text something definately solidified in me... sprouted roots, and then bloomed later when I decided to follow Zen Buddhism religiously, as well. Thich Nat Hanh speaks to me through the pages like a teacher that has been waiting for a good student. I have since that time owned and given away several copies of "Peace is Every Step." It's a must experience... then pass it on kind of book. Please try it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2009

    I need to carry this book with me everywhere I go!

    In fact, I need to buy another copy so I can remove the cover and put it up on my cube at work. I need this reminder in my face many times during the day. Peace, as they say, is not the goal. Peace is every step of the journey. It's a choice we have to *remember* to make in every little mundane-seeming moment. Thich Nhat Hanh's book is gentle, friendly, and loving. It's an almost instantaneous antidote to emotional stress. Ahhhhhhh. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    What a great book...and what a great way to live!

    This is one of the most comforting books I've ever read. Thich Nhat Hanh speaks to us not only as a monk, but also as a human being, an environmentalist, and an activist for human rights. To miss reading this book would truly be a shame.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    Peaceful

    This book is deceptive in its subtlety. It goes on and on with stories about tree-hugging or metaphors involving raw potatoes; it tells you how to eat mindfully, even how to breathe and walk; it suggests looking closely at a flower, and to see the sun as your heart. In essence, it is teaching a new outlook on life itself.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Phenomenal little book that could change the world. If everyone

    Phenomenal little book that could change the world. If everyone would read and begin to practice the principles outlined in this slim volume, the world would indeed be miraculously transformed and we could actually have heaven on earth. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches the true meaning of peace, not simply the absence of violence or war, but a peace that, as the apostle Paul once wrote, "passes all understanding." It is the peace that accompanies the awareness of being one with all, of knowing that every circumstance, be it pleasurable or painful, is an opportunity to learn and grow.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Short and simple, I kept this book next to my bed and would read

    Short and simple, I kept this book next to my bed and would read a little bit before bed, it would really help me relax, it also gave me things to think about. Often when I woke up I would reread bits of what i had read before sleeping and end up starting my day off with a wonderful sense of motivation and purpose. Great read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Small Steps Are The Biggest Steps To Peace

    For those looking to deepen their awareness and compassion in daily life, this is a really good book. A practical manual to help one implementing small changes into every day.

    For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain or the past in general, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong.

    Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it. It is available here on BN.com.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    A mindfulness textbook

    It is hard to teach mindfulness step by step. Rather, it has to be absorbed and transferred through love and respect. This book accomplishes this through its simplicity and storytelling.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    Excellent Work

    We use this book for short readings at our meditation sessions. It is valuable in wisdom and the readings some in short sections that make it easy to maintain your focus as it is read to you.

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