Walk in Peace…

 In Reflections

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

Another great spiritual leader passed away last week after making a difference in millions of lives. Through his teachings, books, and presence, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh encouraged people from all walks of life to walk in peace, awaken our compassionate hearts, and live in the present moment.

Walking slowly with book reflection participants after reading about the healing power of walking mindfully in his book Silence in 2015, I was reminded of the power of quiet attention.

“What you need, what we all need, is silence. Stop the noise in your mind in order for the wondrous sounds of life to be heard. Then you can begin to live your life authentically and deeply.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

After losing both Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hanh within a month of each other, I choose to believe they wouldn’t have made their transitions at this time if others weren’t stepping up to come together to hold the profound light these two beautiful souls carried. Perhaps you are one of them, embracing times of silence and walking in more peace than you ever have before.

May you walk in peace today, feeling the presence and support of Thich Nhat Hanh, Desmond Tutu, and beloved spiritual leaders walking with you.

The photo of Thich Nhat Hanh leading walking meditation is shared with permission. © Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism.

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