I had my first encounter with the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh when I was in high school. I was taking an “advanced” English class which meant that I was taking a discussion class with a bunch of other kids that liked to read. The teacher identified as an atheist, but could be found cutting the grass at the local Methodist church every other weekend during the summer for free.
His mission in the class was to open our eyes up to the possibilities of religion. How it can serve good and not so good. He did beautiful side by side comparisons of religious text, and spoke to us a great deal about Buddhism and zen practices.
It was in that class and from that teacher that I was given a copy of Living Buddha, Living Christ. And that was the beginning of my love for Thich Nhat Hanh.
Mindfulness in January
On New Years day, I decided to dedicate myself to my mindfulness practices again. I have been practicing meditation, yoga, and general mindfulness for years. Last year, I felt myself slipping away from the practices.
Because you never know everything about a thing, I decided to saddle back up and begin studying again.
The first book I picked up was The Miracle of Mindfulness. I chose perfectly! This had to have the been the first book. While I love all of the writings, Thich Nhat Hanh just nailed it in the book! Nailed. It.
The stories in the book are so relatable. I felt like he was talk directly to me.
This book contains my favorite quote, stationary header, and soon to be tattoo.
Wash the dishes to wash the dishes.
The Art of Communicating was a delightful follow up, but I do think I enjoyed The Miracle of Mindfulness more.
This book gives excellent advice about communicating without fear and listening without waiting for your turn to speak.
I think this would be a great book for someone who is looking to speak their truth in their life for the first or fiftieth time.
As a food lover, mindful eating is prayer to me. Savor highlights the practice of eating as prayer and meditation.
I have met many people that struggle with “dieting” and healthy eating. This book is exactly what those who struggle with food need.
Building a positive relationship between you and your food is essential. Mindful eating is the path to this positive relationship. Absolutely.
There You Have It
These are the books you heard about in Plank Pose Book Club in January! I hope you enjoyed hearing about them while holding the longest plank poses of your life.