You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment (Paperback)
“The past no longer exists, and the future is not here yet. The only moment in which you can be truly alive is the present moment.”
Renowned Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh shares his perspective on true mindfulness, the practice of being present in every moment of our lives. Simple and effective, You Are Here is a collection of essential teachings on grounding the self and calming our minds with the constant of the breath and showing empathy without judgement for our thoughts and emotions as we would for a child or a friend. This work gives our restless lives pause to kinder reflections on love, deep listening, gratitude, and allowing ourselves time and experiences to connect with this world while holding compassion for ourselves and each other.— From Gina's Picks
In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh—Zen monk, author, and meditation master—distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. But true mindfulness, Hanh explains, is not an escape. It is being in the present moment, totally alive and free.
Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, You Are Here offers a range of effective practices for cultivating mindfulness and staying in the present moment—including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. These teachings will empower you to witness the wonder of life and transform your suffering, both within and outside you, into compassion, tenderness, and peace. As Thich Nhat Hanh declares, “the energy of mindfulness is the energy of the Buddha, and it can be produced by anybody.” It is as simple as breathing in and breathing out.
“Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying