Art of Power
By Thick Nhat Hanh
Turning our conventional understanding of power on its head, world-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and national bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how true power comes from within. What we seek, we already have.
“Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” (New York Times)
About the Author
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of many books, including the classics Peace Is Every Step and The Art of Power. Hanh lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and has led retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.
“Exercise: Living and Loving Unconditionally
Halt the incessant chatter of your mind and your busy life long enough to recognize feelings that need to be acknowledged. Turn off the TV, step away from the computer, turn off your cell phone and STOP! Stop, sit and be still. Focus on your breath and let it all be.
Do I allow myself to truly feel my feelings?
Am I burying feelings with busyness?
Do I ignore the feelings that come up?
How do I deal with feelings within me?
Do I live and let live?
Am I quick to point fingers at others and their lifestyles or behaviors?
Am I trying to get others to conform to what I believe to be the right way . . . my way?
Become more familiar with your own feelings and move toward self-acceptance. In turn, it will help you to shift into unconditional love and simple observation of others. Reflect on unconditional loving and unconditional living. Take time to write in your journal.”