This Cool Thich Nhat Hanh Quote I Found

Via on Apr 18, 2010

Reflecting Puddle

…found this cool Thich Nhat Hanh quote, and almost immediately decided it was gonna be my next blog post….since then, have spent a helluva lotta time trying to write stuff to go with it…which hasn’t been working out so well…

…two nights ago, the weather changed, bringing cold, persistent rain, and an equally persistent pain in the forehead…and I wasn’t feeling all too motivated or inspired before that, either….so, then, maybe half an hour ago, decided to just use the quote, make it the entire post…but maybe throw in a photo so there’d at least be some original content…and, actually, found two that could work….one, of a flower, combined with the quote, would’ve ended up looking like a motivational poster

…truth be told, I fucking hate those things….better, I think, to be honestly negative than dishonestly positive….then, the other one, kind of a still life with bare foot (mine), would’ve come off more like one of those cynical demotivational posters that’ve been cropping up on the interwebs lately…like fart jokes at a drunken wake…and that really wasn’t what I was going for, either….after all the postmodern irony of the past few decades, I sometimes wonder if we mightn’t need to be painfully sincere for at least an epoch or two to right the balance…though, admittedly, I’m not gonna be the one to start that movement…

…right now, I’m lying on the floor…typing with one hand whilst my head rests on the other…really oughtta be getting to bed…but ate dinner too late…though that was the result of going to a jazz concert at the Philadelphia Art Museum…Sonny Fortune…used to play sax and flute with Miles Davis…like, on the live Pangaea album…which isn’t bad for a cold, rainy night…

…lately, I’ve been studying mindfulness…but keep getting distracted…which may just be the whole point…

If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now.
Thich Nhat Hanh

 

*based on a vastly inferior version at Yoga for Cynics some time when the weather had just changed for the worse, apparently*

About Jay Winston

Jay S. Winston, founder and proprietor of Yoga for Cynics (http://yogaforcynics.blogspot.com), has a PhD in English, making him the kind of doctor who, in case of life-threatening emergency, can explain Faulkner while you die, is currently (semi-)(un-)employed as a freelance writer and editor, teaches creative writing to homeless men, tutors recovering addicts in reading, was recently certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher, gets around mostly by bicycle, is trying to find an agent for his novel, resides in the bucolic Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, State of Mildly Inebriated Samadhi, U.S.A. and, like most people who bike and practice yoga, used to live in Boulder.

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7 Responses to “This Cool Thich Nhat Hanh Quote I Found”

  1. Kaushik says:

    Very cool quote! Thanks…

  2. hexxica says:

    could have just wrote nothing! Would have taken the same effort but thanks!

  3. Greg says:

    Maybe Thay meant that peace as a distant-in-time-aspiration falls short of peace-as-a-timeless-state-of-awareness.

  4. L:ydia says:

    Love the quote, love Thich Nhat Hanh.
    Today I had my Old English Sheepdog at her vet for what I was sure was a urinary tract infection, but elected to have her tested to verify, and was told it would be a 20 minute wait there in the small room with no windows, just me and sick Abby. So I meditated. The quote reminded me of that.

  5. Enjoyed this post and still thing you win the award for funniest bio for two lines, actually:

    [Jay] has a PhD in English, making him the kind of doctor who, in case of life-threatening emergency, can explain Faulkner while you die…

    and like most people who bike and practice yoga, used to live in Boulder.

    Anyway, I was listening to an interview by our Gita translator Stephen Mitchell today that came to mind when I read your Hanh quote above:

    After many years of Zen training, I'm perfectly willing to let life live me.

    Bob Weisenberg

  6. Elize says:

    "…lately, I’ve been studying mindfulness…but keep getting distracted…which may just be the whole point…"

    loved this. enjoy the Thich Naht Hanh quote, too…

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