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We can’t heal with our minds alone. Thinking can be something productive and creative, but without integrating body and mind, much of our thinking is useless and unproductive. In Peace of Mind, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating body and mind is the only way to be fully alive in each moment, without getting lost in our thoughts while walking, cooking, d We can’t heal with our minds alone. Thinking can be something productive and creative, but without integrating body and mind, much of our thinking is useless and unproductive. In Peace of Mind, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating body and mind is the only way to be fully alive in each moment, without getting lost in our thoughts while walking, cooking, driving, and going about our everyday lives. Only by cultivating a mindful body and an embodied mind can we be fully alive. Bringing together ancient wisdom and contemporary thinking, Thich Nhat Hanh says it's like hardware and software—if you don't have both, you can't do anything. Peace of Mind provides a foundation for beginning mindfulness practices and understanding the principles of mind/body awareness. By learning how our physical body and mind are inseparable in creating our own perceptions and experiences we can begin to trust and nourish our ability to create well-being.


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We can’t heal with our minds alone. Thinking can be something productive and creative, but without integrating body and mind, much of our thinking is useless and unproductive. In Peace of Mind, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating body and mind is the only way to be fully alive in each moment, without getting lost in our thoughts while walking, cooking, d We can’t heal with our minds alone. Thinking can be something productive and creative, but without integrating body and mind, much of our thinking is useless and unproductive. In Peace of Mind, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating body and mind is the only way to be fully alive in each moment, without getting lost in our thoughts while walking, cooking, driving, and going about our everyday lives. Only by cultivating a mindful body and an embodied mind can we be fully alive. Bringing together ancient wisdom and contemporary thinking, Thich Nhat Hanh says it's like hardware and software—if you don't have both, you can't do anything. Peace of Mind provides a foundation for beginning mindfulness practices and understanding the principles of mind/body awareness. By learning how our physical body and mind are inseparable in creating our own perceptions and experiences we can begin to trust and nourish our ability to create well-being.

30 review for Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sian Lile-Pastore

    i love thich, and he seems to realy love tea. this is the third book i've read by him, and i have to admit, they are all blending into one, but it's a really good one - full of wisdom and sweetness. i love thich, and he seems to realy love tea. this is the third book i've read by him, and i have to admit, they are all blending into one, but it's a really good one - full of wisdom and sweetness.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I felt like this book maybe had 2 points and just repeated it over and over again throughout every chapter using different words. It just didn't inspire or enlighten me in the way I had hoped and wouldn't recommend it to anyone if I'm honest. Don't get me wrong, I completely agree with what it is trying to teach the reader I just felt like the teachings could have been described in more detail and in a more inspirational way? I don't know it just wasn't what I expected. I felt like this book maybe had 2 points and just repeated it over and over again throughout every chapter using different words. It just didn't inspire or enlighten me in the way I had hoped and wouldn't recommend it to anyone if I'm honest. Don't get me wrong, I completely agree with what it is trying to teach the reader I just felt like the teachings could have been described in more detail and in a more inspirational way? I don't know it just wasn't what I expected.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is a brief, but wonderful book with lots to teach. I finished it with about 20 earmarked pages to go back and review as I try to incorporate some of the lessons into daily life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    I really want to give this book more than two stars, but alas I cannot. I think this is the 3rd book by Thich Nhat Hanh that I have read. I found my experience to be like the other two. However I am thinking the problem is me, as the majority of people gush over his books. Don't get me wrong, each one that I have read has had some real pearls of insight that make you stop and take notice. Yet I always find his books to be repetition of what was written in the first couple of chapters. My eyes star I really want to give this book more than two stars, but alas I cannot. I think this is the 3rd book by Thich Nhat Hanh that I have read. I found my experience to be like the other two. However I am thinking the problem is me, as the majority of people gush over his books. Don't get me wrong, each one that I have read has had some real pearls of insight that make you stop and take notice. Yet I always find his books to be repetition of what was written in the first couple of chapters. My eyes start to glaze over. I think the length could be reduced by at least half.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I adored this book. It was a constant comfort and its beautiful voice helped me return to the present simply by reading it. It flows and its method of repetition helps to establish the thoughts and methods of meditation. As someone who suffers from anxiety and being present this has been a delight. I can't wait to read again. I adored this book. It was a constant comfort and its beautiful voice helped me return to the present simply by reading it. It flows and its method of repetition helps to establish the thoughts and methods of meditation. As someone who suffers from anxiety and being present this has been a delight. I can't wait to read again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eduardo

    "We are like a boat crossing the ocean. If the boat encounters a storm and everyone panics, the boat will turn over. If there is one person in the boat who can remain calm, that person can inspire other people to be calm." "We are like a boat crossing the ocean. If the boat encounters a storm and everyone panics, the boat will turn over. If there is one person in the boat who can remain calm, that person can inspire other people to be calm."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jilles

    Beautiful and very simple book about meditation, written in a gentle way that makes meditating seem like something joyful to do.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Name

    1. I loved this book. Took 17 pages of notes. 2. I don’t think mindful of mindfulness is used consistently to mean the same thing. Sometimes, it’s used to mean become aware of your social reality. Other times it means be aware of your body processes. It’s a great idea, but I see many people who use mindfulness, for it to mean whatever they want it to mean. Just calming and relaxing the mind won’t necessarily change someone’s political ideology, as much as I wished that were the case. 3. That’s w 1. I loved this book. Took 17 pages of notes. 2. I don’t think mindful of mindfulness is used consistently to mean the same thing. Sometimes, it’s used to mean become aware of your social reality. Other times it means be aware of your body processes. It’s a great idea, but I see many people who use mindfulness, for it to mean whatever they want it to mean. Just calming and relaxing the mind won’t necessarily change someone’s political ideology, as much as I wished that were the case. 3. That’s why the Buddha invoked the eightfold path, not the one-fold path of mindfulness meditation. In the West, the sole element of Buddhist philosophy and of the eightfold path that seems to have become popular seems to be mindfulness meditation, while other elements like the 5 precepts or the other 7 elements of the path are ignored. That’s my opinion. I have rated a few of his other books 5 stars, where I think mindfulness is defined more clearly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    B Sarv

    I will read this book again Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out Breathing in, I follow my in-breath Breathing out, I follow my out-breath Breathing in, I’m aware of my whole body Breathing out, I’m aware of my whole body Breathing in, I release the tension in my body Breathing out, I release the tension in my body I have arrived. I am home In the here, in the now I am solid. I am free In the ultimate, I dwell I hope that by the next time I read it I will no longer b I will read this book again Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out Breathing in, I follow my in-breath Breathing out, I follow my out-breath Breathing in, I’m aware of my whole body Breathing out, I’m aware of my whole body Breathing in, I release the tension in my body Breathing out, I release the tension in my body I have arrived. I am home In the here, in the now I am solid. I am free In the ultimate, I dwell I hope that by the next time I read it I will no longer be making myself a prisoner of my past nor a prisoner of my future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Glee Devereaux

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I read it slowly and took it on a beautiful camping trip this summer. I’m sad to say I have finished it because it was like a close and wise friend to me for many months.Thich Nhat Hanh has so many insights about practicing mindfulness in everyday things. I enjoyed his description of how to eat a piece of bread. I love his phrase “I am solid. I am free.” Also “Only when we’re in touch with our body and our mind can we be in touch with Mother Earth.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    I liked that he gave tangible meditation practices you can use. The way the book is written kind of seems like meditation in itself and in that way it’s enjoyable. It can be a bit repetitive, but the repetition help solidify the concepts. It’s a good book to reference if you’re looking for simple ideas to enhance your meditation or inspire interest in the practice.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linn Lindström

    I liked this book! Very soothing, and thoughtful. It does repeat a bit, as others have mentioned, but I chose to consider it a guided meditation in written form. Reading a few pages per day and letting the words stay in my head gave me a lot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    WR

    Am trying to be more mindful, not just in terms of meditation but in Everyday living. so the book's message and exercises really resonated with me. Am trying to be more mindful, not just in terms of meditation but in Everyday living. so the book's message and exercises really resonated with me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Loved. Loved learning more about mindfulness and meditation.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This book contains excellent mantras for becoming more mindful in everyday life, but is very repetitive.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chloe W

    It's a beautiful book, worth reading. It's a beautiful book, worth reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Peace of Mind is a relaxing book full of wisdom. Thich Nhat Hanh’s voice is friendly and calm, and I found myself taking a few notes on some of his teachings. I think I will read this one again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    It took me a longtime to read this book because every page is brilliant.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Priyanka Beekharry

    Such a wonderful book. Among the best awakening book i read. Some text are repetitive but its worth it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    This was a very insightful book on being more mindful and finding joy In living. It was a bit repetitive, but it’s very easy to understand.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Naresh Etikyala

    Thank you! Thich. It's Awsome Feel. Thank you! Thich. It's Awsome Feel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Small Review

    I've been making my way slowly though this author's books and I think this may be my favorite so far. The others are more short paragraphs or a page that focuses on an idea and gives you something to think about. I love them. This one is similar, but different. The book takes you on a sequential journey and helps you build a pathway toward a calmer and more present state of being. The author's voice came through a little more in this way, like you're having a conversation over time rather than g I've been making my way slowly though this author's books and I think this may be my favorite so far. The others are more short paragraphs or a page that focuses on an idea and gives you something to think about. I love them. This one is similar, but different. The book takes you on a sequential journey and helps you build a pathway toward a calmer and more present state of being. The author's voice came through a little more in this way, like you're having a conversation over time rather than getting different pieces of advice. Both are good approaches and I like both types of his books, but this one seems like it had a stronger impact. The sequential, building approach pulled my focus back more effectively and this book felt like a refuge and a motivator. I think I'll reread it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Malwina

    ''When you take good care of yourself and reduce suffering in yourself, you are helping other people. When you're able to generate peace with every step, the whole world profits.'' Simple yet beautiful guide to a mindful living. Reading it feels almost like you're attending one of Master Hanh's lectures. He encourages the reader to live in the here and now by suggesting many practical exercises. You get to learn how to follow your breath, be aware of your body and be at peace with it or how to em ''When you take good care of yourself and reduce suffering in yourself, you are helping other people. When you're able to generate peace with every step, the whole world profits.'' Simple yet beautiful guide to a mindful living. Reading it feels almost like you're attending one of Master Hanh's lectures. He encourages the reader to live in the here and now by suggesting many practical exercises. You get to learn how to follow your breath, be aware of your body and be at peace with it or how to embrace your negative emotions. It's a must-read if you want to start practicing generating the energy of mindfulness and live in compassion with yourself and the world around you.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Joy

    I found this book to very illuminating. It is very easy to live in one's head consumed by worries and stress and not be fully present. This book gives some ways to live mindfully in the present moment. I liked these two things... "The past is no longer with us and the future is not yet here; only in the present moment are the wonders of life available." "When you take good care of yourself, you are helping other people. When you're able to generate peace with every step, the whole world profits." I found this book to very illuminating. It is very easy to live in one's head consumed by worries and stress and not be fully present. This book gives some ways to live mindfully in the present moment. I liked these two things... "The past is no longer with us and the future is not yet here; only in the present moment are the wonders of life available." "When you take good care of yourself, you are helping other people. When you're able to generate peace with every step, the whole world profits."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Catie

    In gratitude, I bow to all generations of ancestors in my blood family. In gratitude, I bow to all generations of ancestors in my spiritual family. In gratitude, I bow to this land and all of the ancestors who made it available. In gratitude and compassion, I bow down and transmit my energy to those I love. In understanding and compassion, I bow down to reconcile myself with all those who have made me suffer. I have arrived. I am home In the here, in the now. I am solid. I am free. In the ultimate, I dw In gratitude, I bow to all generations of ancestors in my blood family. In gratitude, I bow to all generations of ancestors in my spiritual family. In gratitude, I bow to this land and all of the ancestors who made it available. In gratitude and compassion, I bow down and transmit my energy to those I love. In understanding and compassion, I bow down to reconcile myself with all those who have made me suffer. I have arrived. I am home In the here, in the now. I am solid. I am free. In the ultimate, I dwell.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rubina

    Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favourite authors on Buddhist teachings and concepts. In Peace of Mind, Thich reminds us that our mind and body are integrated, and only when reunite body and mind, will we be fully present for ourselves and others. Thich offers practices to cultivate awareness, mindfulness, concentration and insight. Definitely a book to be read and re-read. Glad that it's my first book for 2015. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favourite authors on Buddhist teachings and concepts. In Peace of Mind, Thich reminds us that our mind and body are integrated, and only when reunite body and mind, will we be fully present for ourselves and others. Thich offers practices to cultivate awareness, mindfulness, concentration and insight. Definitely a book to be read and re-read. Glad that it's my first book for 2015.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yoo-Jin

    This book has changed my life. Thich Nhat Hanh has a way of speaking to the heart in a simple yet profound way. It's a book of meditation, comfort, and knowing how to bring peace to yourself so that you can be an outlet of peace in the world. This book has changed my life. Thich Nhat Hanh has a way of speaking to the heart in a simple yet profound way. It's a book of meditation, comfort, and knowing how to bring peace to yourself so that you can be an outlet of peace in the world.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    this was an amazing read. It remembered me to be present and just to be thankful for being here today and experiencing life. I will definitely read more of Thic Nhat Hanh's books. Truly inspiring. v this was an amazing read. It remembered me to be present and just to be thankful for being here today and experiencing life. I will definitely read more of Thic Nhat Hanh's books. Truly inspiring. v

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mai

    Thich Nhat Hant is one of the buddhist monks that I admire. His mindfulness teaching is priceless.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Thankful for this book.

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