Practicing Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh

    Thich Nhat Hanh, is a renowned Zen monk, and author of the book "you are here." This book has been my inspiration during this cold winter February, in the year 2019. I love his story of a time in his youth when he was in training at the temple, and his teacher asked him to do something for him. This is Thich Nhat Hanh's story about being mindful and practicing mindfulness.

    I loved him so much that I became excited, and I rushed out to do it. I was in such a hurry that I did not close the door properly, with 100 percent of my being.

    He called me back. "Novice," he said, "come here." I knew right away that something was wrong. He said only, "My son, you can do better." He did not have to teach me this a second time. The next time, I did walking meditation to the door. I opened the door mindfully, and I closed the door behind me perfectly.

    Since that day, I have known how to close a door behind me. It must always be done with mindfulness. Not for the sake of the Buddha, not for the teacher, but for myself. This is the way you create peace; this is the way you bring about freedom. You do it for your own happiness, and when you are happy, the people you relate with benefit from your presence and are happy too. A happy person is an important thing, because their happiness spreads all around them. You can be a happy person too and become a refuge for all the beings around you.