I have a couple of books by Thich Nhat Hanh, but Moments of Mindfulness is my favorite. It’s a set of 52 meditations, with the idea of having a new meditation to contemplate each week for a year. Letting the words resonate within you for a full week leaves lots of room for insight and new understanding of the words and how they may apply to your life. I’m going to share one of my favorite meditations from this book here
does not have to
to be of service,
it only has to be a flower.
That is enough.
A human being,
a true human being,
to make the whole world
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The book also starts with a beautiful introduction on mindfulness; the true meaning and value of mindfulness, different ways to apply mindfulness to different aspects of your life, and miracles of mindfulness. One of my favorite parts of the introduction is a breathing exercise. I like to use parts of it in the warm-up for my yoga class, reminding yogis to relax and focus on their breathe and being present.
The book also has a nice spacious layout with soothing circular art accompanying each meditation. It’s a nice size to hold too.
It’s a lovely little book!