Today, Just Sit ……

Imagine trees standing together in a forest. They don’t talk but feel each other’s presence. When you look at them, you might say they aren’t doing anything. But they are growing and providing clean air for living things to breathe. Instead of describing sitting meditation as the practice of concentration, looking deeply, and getting insight, I like to describe sitting as enjoying doing nothing. Primarily, sitting is to enjoy the pleasure of sitting, being fully alive and in touch with the wonders of our working bodies, the cool air, the sounds of people and birds, and the changing colours of the sky. – Thich Nhat Hanh.
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When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #thay #nomudnolotus #lotus #happiness #understanding #lotusweek #thichnhathanhquotecollective #thichnhathanh #buddhistquotes #thichnhathanhquotes
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NO MUD, NO LOTUS Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means they are both transitory; they are always changing. The flower, when it wilts, becomes the compost. The compost can help grow a flower again. Happiness is also organic and impermanent by nature. It can become suffering and suffering can become happiness again. – Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #thay #nomudnolotus #lotus #happiness #suffering #lotusweek #impermanent #thichnhathanhquotecollective #thichnhathanh #buddhism #thichnhathanhquotes
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A young man wanted to learn how to draw lotus flowers, so he went to a master to apprentice with him. The master took him to a lotus pond and invited him to sit there. The young man saw flowers bloom when the sun was high, and he watched them return into buds when night fell. Then next morning, he did the same. When one lotus flower wilted and its petals fell into the water, he just looked at the stalk, the stamen, and the rest of the flower, and then moved on to another lotus. He did that for ten days. On the eleventh day, the master asked him, “Are you ready?” and he replied, “I will try.” The master gave him a brush, and although the young man’s style was childlike, the lotus he drew was beautiful. He had become the lotus, and the painting came forth from him. You could see his naïveté concerning technique, but deep beauty was there. — Thich Nhat Hanh.
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No Mud, No Lotus. Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world., with a lot of tenderness. — Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #nomudnolotus #thay #lotus #mindfulness #thichnhathanhquotecollective #thichnhathanh #buddhistquotes #thichnhathanhquotes
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Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness to grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud. — Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #nomudnolotus #thay #lotus #mindfulness #happiness #thichnhathanhquotecollective #thichnhathanh #buddhistquotes #thichnhathanhquotes
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When the sun shines continuously on a lotus flower, it opens widely, revealing its seed-heart. In the same way, through the activity of looking, reality gently reveals itself. In meditation, the subject and object of pure observation are inseparable. — Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #nomudnolotus #thay #lotus #mindfulness #seedheart #meditation #thichnhathanhquotecollective #thichnhathanh #buddhistquotes #thichnhathanhquotes
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Today, Plant A Happy Seed.

Every time we walk with calm and ease, or we smile and release the tension in us, we are planting seeds that will strengthen our happiness. With each step, we plant a happy seed. — Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #thay #calmandease #happiness #walk #smile #happyseed #today #thichnhathanhquotecollective #mindfulness #thichnhathanh #buddhistquotes #thichnhathanhquotes
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Today, Just Smile.

Half-smile when you first wake up in the morning Hang a branch, any other sign, or even the word “smile” on the ceiling or wall so that you see it right away when you open your eyes. This sign will serve as your reminder. Use these seconds before you get out of bed to take hold of your breath. Inhale and exhale three breaths gently while maintaining the half smile. Follow your breaths. – Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #thay #smile #today #breathegently #reminder #mindfulness #thichnhathanhquotecollective #thichnhathanh #buddhistquotes #thichnhathanhquotes
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Today, Just Breathe Mindfully.

Breathing in and out mindfully, I become fully present, fully alive and now I see myself as a miracle. — Thich Nhat Hanh. @thichnhathanhquotecollective #breathinginandout #present #presentmoment #mindfulness #miracle #thay #today #thichnhathanhquotecollective #thichnhathanh #buddhistquotes #thichnhathanhquotes

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