Peace Is Every Step Analysis

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Running head: PEACE IS EVERY STEP 1 Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life Tara Zarasvand AP Psychology Putnam City North High School Fall, 2014 PEACE IS EVERY STEP: THE PATH OF MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE 2 Thich Nhat Hanh, born October 11, 1926 is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist, author, poet, teacher, spiritual leader, monk, and peace activist. When he was sixteen years old, he entered the monastery at TunHien Temple near Hue, Vietnam, where he received training in Zen and the Mahayana school of Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh was ordained as a…show more content…
With his instructions based on Zen Buddhism, he has introduced peace to everyone who has came across his path. Thich Nhat Hanh, is the author of the book “Peace is Every Step.” In his book, Nhat Hanh states that peace can be found in every single step of a person’s life through compassion, love, mindfulness and good intentions. Dali Lama; "He wrote the book to teach his students and readers how to meditate, how to consciously breath and come to enlightenment." In "Peace is Every Step", Thich Nhat Hanh uses meditation techniques and personal stories to explain and exhibit how one can achieve a peaceful life by being apprehensive in conscious of their actions and thoughts of both the body and the mind. First, Hanh shows how to meditate by using conscious breathing, so we are able to be mindful of our present existences. The breathing and smiling meditation can be practiced anywhere such as in the car, in the kitchen whether you are sitting or standing, washing dishes or eating as stated by Hanh. Furthermore, Hanh explains through healing and transformation how one may convert his or her negative feelings into…show more content…
Finally, Hanh draws “Peace is Every Step” to a close by speaking much deeper about things he had mentioned earlier in the book, in other words, he puts in action his instructions on how to settle a peaceful and mindful life. The subjects Hanh talks about are “waging peace, interbeing, nourishing awareness and so on…” Hanh represents his personal Path to true peace through conscientiousness. Peace Is Every step has three parts. In Part One: Breathe! You Are Alive! Thich Nhat Hanh provides a variation of techniques for being more mindful as we go through everyday life. He explains how the principles can be applied apart of your daily routine. You will learn how to transform tedious activities such as washing dishes, eating, answering the telephone, driving and stopping at red lights into things that will help you grow more mindful. In Part Two: Transformation and Healing, one will learn how to handle grueling emotions and acquire more compassion in your life. Anger is a very common emotion in modern society, and Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates various ways to work with it in an effective and transformative way. He

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