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

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


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ISBN-13: 9780553351392
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1992
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 25,008
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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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Peace Is Every Step : The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DurtyC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
etsmith on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
This is quite simply a beautiful book. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who took a pivotal role in the peace talks that ultimately ended the Vietnam War. He points out that in order to create peace, every person must become peaceful. We cannot create peace without being peace. Ultimately, it is moment to moment awareness that transforms a reactive person into one who lives in peace and understanding.
erock71 on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Most writers in the genre of spirituality and religion attempt to conceive of spirituality in very simple terms. The problem for most is that their attempts at simplicity come across as pedantic and uninformed. Thich Nhat Hanh is someone who understands the complexities of spiritual formation but is able to reduce the spiritual life down to simple disciplines without watering down the process. Mindfulness, in all of its simplistic practice, is THE discipline from which deeper spirituality is derived. When we feel we have hit a plateau in spiritual growth, Hanh's reminder to be mindful of our breathing is the perfect place to begin. The author bridges the gap between all faiths and offers principles that worshippers from any religion or faith tradition can practice. Whether you are versed in spiritual formation or you just want something more out of life, read this book!
gratefulyoga on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
A classic of modern Buddhist literature. Simple, elegant presentation of the Buddhist teachings, with an emphasis on practicing mindfulness is all moments of life (not just when we're on a mat or a cushion).
knithappened on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
A quick read that has had a profound effect on my life. The last couple of months have been quite stressful and now, after reading this book, I have learned and implemented many coping tools to get back to my normal upbeat and smiling self. Practicing mindful breathing at all times of the day, whether on the phone, in a meeting, walking the dog has been invaluable. Peace is Every Step has opened up my eyes again to how beautiful and precious every moment can be, and allowed me to embrace seizing every opportunity to smile from ear to ear. This is one book that I foresee reading over and over again, and learning something new every time!
IonaS on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
This is a simple, easy to read, down-to earth book about how to achieve peace in our individual lives and thus in the world as a whole through learning to be in the now.I usually try to rush through the various books I read, but that was not possible with this book, as the author's wise words calmed me, slowed me down and brought me into the now.The book is composed of short passages, which makes for enjoyable, relaxed reading. Thich Nhat Hanh advises us about how to obtain mindfulness in various everyday circumstances, for example, while eating, walking, in connection with answering the phone, driving and while mowing grass with a scythe.He advises us that there is no path to peace, peace is the path. Each of us must achieve peace here and now with our smile, words and actions. Everything we want is right here in the moment.The key to mindfulness is attention to our breathing. He also includes useful advice about how to cope with our anger through a walking meditation.We should refrain from watching violent TV-programmes, since we become what we focus on.The author's love for humanity and all of life pervades the pages of the book, which includes a poem he himself wrote that helps us understand how we are all connected, are all one.Much more could be said about this enlightening book, but read it for yourself. I highly recommend it. It really deserves the five stars I have given it. Read it in small portions.
bkinetic on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Thich Nhat Hanh is skilled at setting forth Buddhist principles and explaining how they work in practice. The book is a series of brief observations on a variety of topics -- all rich in insight. The effectiveness of his five steps for managing anger and other unpleasant emotions, is belied by their brevity; it is all explained in a few paragraphs.
Kitaabi on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I bought this book on a whim at Kramer's Bookstore in Dupont Circle in DC a couple of years ago. At first it reads just like a Eastern book of mediation and philosophy would, but after reading it several times since then, I have been able to absorb the simple yet powerful message the author is sharing with us. Thich Nhat Hanh writes from experience as a focused practitioner of Eastern meditative practices, inviting us all to benefit daily from his insights because they are readily available to us too, if we open our minds and our eyes to experience them.
mamorico on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Thich Nhat Hanh writes about peace in everyday life. Through the practice of mindfullness and meditation, stress and suffering can be minimized. An uplifting book for trying times.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Thich Nhat Hanh gives more than meditation practice. He teaches us how to live. Meditation is more than just sitting on your duff not-thinking. Hanh takes us to new levels of awareness, not just in terms of "enlightment" whatever that means, but more to the point, in terms of how to live our lives.
ostrowta More than 1 year ago
Very inspirational reading, in short sections, which allows for me to stop for a minute (in our very busy world), and live in the moment. Very calming.
JefT More than 1 year ago
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.
WanderingSnake More than 1 year ago
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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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
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samildanach More than 1 year ago
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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