Posted on: June 1, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0


Every time we visit the temple to attend retreats and meditation courses, we can sit down to eat together and enjoy lunch. There is a sentence at the temple that I remember by heart and taught myself: “Eat mindfully, live mindfully”.

I love to sit and eat in silence and enjoy every bite, aware of the existence of those around me (Sangha), aware of all the hard work and love that has been present. in his rice bowl. When I eat in this way, not only my physical body but also my mental and spiritual parts are nourished.

Eat mindfully, work mindfully, and live mindfully awake. Mindfulness actually does not belong to any religious category. Mindfulness is simply being aware and aware that we are living in the present moment, which means focusing our whole mind and enjoying every moment of the present is mindfulness. Many scientific studies show that being mindful will help us improve our health, thereby better understand the feelings of stress and fatigue, and have more mental stability. Practicing mindfulness effectively helps people reduce stress, improve concentration and restore autonomic nervous system.

Eat mindfully, work mindfully, and live mindfully awake.

Methods of practicing mindfulness

Leading businesses in the world today such as Google, Facebook, Intel … or famous politicians are encouraging employees to practice mindfulness meditation. For example: Oprah Winfrey – an American female communications director, actress, host, television producer and philanthropist, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Billionaire Bill Gates… Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is affectionately known by the international Buddhist community as “Teacher”, was invited by Google Corporation to its headquarters in the US to give a lecture on mindfulness.

The teachings of the Master, also known as the Dharma talk, the sayings of the Master (Dharma) are kept, memorized, memorized and considered by the students as the motto of everyday life. You seem to have revolutionized words. According to Thay, “remaining in the present” is staying in the present moment, returning to one’s true homeland, the true homeland that is not limited by time, space, nationality or race. . True homeland is not an abstract concept, with mindfulness and concentration, the energy of the Buddha, we can touch and live in that homeland every moment, with complete relaxation of body and mind.

For me, there is no cessation, no birth, as in the book “No cessation, no birth, don’t be afraid” but just continuity. “For all eternity I am free. Death and life is just the gateway to the exit, death is a game of quail and catch. I have never been born nor have I ever died” and “Our greatest suffering is the notion of coming and going.” His teachings help people overcome suffering gently, such as: “Where there is no mud, there is no lotus. In the same way, suffering and happiness depend on each other to discover. Running away from suffering in search of happiness is like looking for a lotus flower in a place where there is no mud. Lotus and mud are like left and right, as long as the left is there, the right is there at the same time. By being in contact with suffering and listening to suffering, we can discover understanding and love. Understanding and love are the ingredients for happiness” (excerpt: There is lotus in mud).

Illustrated photo.

Illustrated photo.

Once, when he gave a Dharma talk to the elderly, he gave them two sentences: “I cherish the remaining years/Happiness laughs along the way”. The teacher told the elderly: “Although these are not two sentences, but just two verses, you can paste them up so that in the new year you can appreciate the remaining days and moments. of his life. How should I live so that every moment becomes a legend for my children and grandchildren? The teacher told them: We are parents, we are old. In my youth, I wasted my youth, chasing after illusions of happiness. Now I have to wake up and change my way of life. How do we live so that each moment of life becomes profound, joyful, joyful and peaceful.

The teacher passed away, but still left behind Dharma talks and teachings. The generations of his students who stay will always remember his Dharma talks and teachings, with the aspiration “Eat mindfully, live in awareness”. I myself will always cherish the remaining years as your teachings.

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