On January 12th, I finished my first book of 2016.
The book was The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh, and it was one of five books that I started reading this month.
Why This Book?
The first book I read by Thich Nhat Hanh was Living Buddha, Living Christ. I read this in high school, and I plan on revisiting it now that I am in my 30s and am much smarter despite what my teenage self would argue.
I used the Overdrive app to visit my local library’s shelves and found a great selection of books by Thich Nhat Hanh. A lot of the titles were familiar, but I had never heard of The Miracle of Mindfulness, so I selected it.
What Is It About?
The subject matter is exactly as the title implies. It is an explanation of mindfulness and how mindfulness techniques can be integrated into any daily activity.
My favorite quote on this was:
Wash the dishes to wash the dishes. – Thich Nhat Hanh
The book also had some exercises for the reader to try.
I listed to this book while in traffic. Maybe it was just because I was in traffic, but when I heard the “wash the dishes” quote, I felt like I found something I had lost in my life recently: presence.
I ran around all day telling everyone to wash the dishes. Truth: I’m still going that.
I really enjoyed this book. I do think it was a little long for the message, but to be fair, I feel that way about ALL nonfiction books.
This book goes on my “highly recommends” list.