The Miracle Of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Miracle Of Mindfulness



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If we want to live mindfully, we need to focus on the present and prevent our minds from wandering. In The Miracle of Mindfulness, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers a series of exercises inspired by classical Buddhist texts, to learn the art of awareness through meditation and breathing techniques. By appreciating the simple things, we become more conscious of the miracle of life.

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Analysis and key concepts


In order to be truly aware of every moment, we must always focus on the task at hand


Breathing with awareness allows us to maintain mindfulness and improve concentration


Mindfulness should ideally be practised every day, but we can also reserve just one full day of the week to mastering our time


If we can't find inner peace and happiness through meditation, we won't find it anywhere


True mindfulness is the understanding of interdependence between objects, through concentration and meditation


Meditation is not evasion, but a serene encounter with reality


When it comes to meditation, there are many simple exercises and techniques we can use to embark on the path to mindfulness




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Many useful tips to:

  • Learn how to use breathing techniques to stay present in the moment.
  • Achieve inner peace by mastering the art of mindfulness. 
  • Maintain a calm and conscious state of mind, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in 1926 and died in 2022. He was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, and peace and human rights activist. He was ordained a monk at the age of 16, and became a teacher and social activist in Vietnam before he was exiled in 1969. Martin Luther King nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. In 1982, he founded Plum Village in France, a Buddhist community that helps refugees, political prisoners, and poor families in Vietnam and around the world. He was an advocate of inner transformation through meditation, and published over 100 books, including the bestsellers The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step.

Publishing house:

Beacon Press