Originally written in Vietnamese as a long letter of teaching and encouragement in 1974, The Miracle of Mindfulness is as applicable to a general audience today as it was to its very first recipients. The pace of life in the 21st century is more urgent than ever, and most of us know what it feels like to rush headlong from dawn to dusk, pressured by to-do lists, schedules, deadlines and even by stressors that are created wholly by our own Monkey Minds. The good news for anyone who experiences these types of pressures is that The Miracle of Mindfulness really can help you to get to a place that is calm, peaceful and as free from stress as we’d like it to be.
That ‘place’ is right now. Whilst most people strive to find happiness and peace by relentlessly pursuing careers, relationships, bumper pay days, vacations and the recognition of their peers, none of those things help an individual to connect with the present moment. On the contrary, constantly focusing on the future – or at the other extreme, constantly dwelling on the past – makes it extremely difficult for anyone to experience the kind of peace that is only ever available in the moment at hand.
The Miracle of Mindfulness presents a superb range of precise techniques and teachings that you can use to help ground yourself in the here-and-now and enjoy the freedom and spaciousness that is already right under your nose. Of course, you don’t have to stop pursuing your career, relationships or anything else that is a worthwhile part of 21st century life, but you can learn to live each moment mindfully, and Thich Nhat Hanh will show you how.
This book is beautifully written, and if you want to get the most benefit out of it we would strongly recommend that you take your time. Each of the seven chapters contains more wisdom-per-page than you would ever be able to absorb by reading casually, so pay attention, go slow and be sure to put the principles into practice. If you do this then you will emerge from the experience with mindfulness skills that you can use all day long, every day of the week, and even ‘mundane’ tasks such as making a cup of tea, washing dishes, paying the bills or driving the kids to school can become incredibly rewarding. And therein lies the miracle….