Interactive 6.4 Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindfulness
Everyone is capable of being mindful. Everyone is mindful to a certain extent. The question is how to be more mindful. Many people are lost in worries about the future and regrets about the past. They are caught up in their projects and their fantasies, and their minds are not connected to their bodies. If the body is not united with the mind, we are not really alive. Mindful walking and mindful breathing help bring the mind back to the body, so we can be truly present in the here and now… Mindfulness increases concentration and allows us to see things more deeply and stop being victims of wrong perception… We cannot force people to practice mindfulness, but if we practice and become happy, we can inspire others to practice. (Nhất Hạnh, 2009)
Interactive 6.5 Interbeing: Selected section from Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness (Nhat Hanh, 1991, p. 93)
Interactive 6.6 Relation and Being: Selected section from Research as Ceremony (Wilson, 2008, pp. 75-76)
Whether intending to learn an academic subject, a new sport, or how to play a musical instrument, we often call upon mind-sets that hamper rather than help us to learn. For example, many of us believe that we should learn the basics of a task so well that they become second nature to us. Having mindlessly accepted this information, it rarely occurs to us to question who determined what the basics are. (Langer & Moldoveanu, 2000, p. 3).