of love brings peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and
others. Mindful observation is the element which nourishes
the tree of understanding, and compassion and love are the most
beautiful flowers. When we realize the mind of love, we have
to go to the one who has been the object of our mindful
observation, so that our mind of love is not just an object of our
imagination, but a source of energy which has a real effect in the
meditation on love is not just sitting still and visualizing that
our love will spread out into space like waves of sound or
light. Sound and light have the ability to penetrate
everywhere, and love and compassion can do the same. But if
our love is only a kind of imagination, then it is not likely to
have any real effect. It is in the midst of our daily life
and in our actual contact with others that we can know whether our
mind of love is really present and how stable it is. If love
is real, it will be evident in our daily life, in the way we
relate with people and the world.
The source of
love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of
happiness. One word, one action, or one thought can reduce
another person's suffering and bring him or her joy. One word
can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a
mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation.
One action can save a person's life or help him or her take advantage
of a rare opportunity. One thought can do the same, because
thoughts always lead to words and actions.
If love is in our
heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle.
Because understanding is the very foundation of love, words and
actions that emerge from our love are always helpful.
and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains
commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories
from Buddhist Nhat Hanh's experiences. It begins where the reader
already is (kitchen, office, driving a car, walking in a
park) and shows how deep meditative presence is available
now. Nhat Hanh shows how to be aware of relationships with
others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its
pollution and injustices. Through deceptively simple
practices, Peace Is Every Step encourages the reader
to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to
work on sustaining inner peace by turning the
"mindless" into the mindful.