Thích Nhat Hanh: Lot more joy in living

“We will be more successful in our endeavours if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-centre ourselves. And we’ll have a lot more joy in living.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh. 

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Thich Nhat Hanh: Lettuce

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh.