Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh

Quotes From Peace Is Every Step:

“Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

“Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use of seeing?” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

“Real strength is not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep, inner peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

“The forests are our lungs outside of our bodies, just as the sun is our hearts outside of our bodies.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

“We are imprisoned in our small selves, thinking only of the comfortable conditions for this small self, while we destroy our large self.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

“She had been running for so long after something outside herself that she had never seen herself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

For more, check out my monthly quote curations or quoted individual pages.

2013 April Quotes

“The market doesn’t give a shit how hard you worked. Users just want your software to do what they need, and you get a zero otherwise.” – Paul Graham

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

“If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.” – Ernest Hemingway

“But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from the self.” – Herman Mellville, Moby Dick, Chapter 20

There is no obstacle in the world that can stop me.

“As soon as you start to hesitate, then you’re screwed.” – Alex Honnald

“Any fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success.” – Michael Jordan

“If you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth.” – Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

“How rich our inheritance in these blessed mountains. ” – John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

“Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step
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“In spite of everything, I shall rise again” – Vincent Van Gogh

Lenses of Truth

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra, Chapter 6

When I read accounts of successful people, there are striking elements of similarity that to me reveal a connectedness of meaningful knowledge.

Take for example: “Visualization of the world you want as a catalyst to achieving it”. Over the past two years, I encountered many sources who provide their own lens through which to embody this truth:

  • Napoleon Hill’s principle of autosuggestion
  • Tim Ferris’ Dreamline in the 4HWW
  • Craig Ballantyne’s vision exercise on Early to Rise
  • Micheal Jordan’s account of always visualizing the player he wanted to be
  • Qigong meditative visualization of self as “so happy and so healthy”
  • Tony Robbin’s call for a state of certainty you will succeed
  • The quote attributed to Henry Ford of “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right”
  • And hundreds of other sources I am not yet personally familiar with

Each one of these minds has created his own lens to view the same central truth. All of these lenses are slight variations of each other. Some may be rose tinted, others may be grey tinted. Each may have a different degree of clouding in the lens or a different amount of distorting imperfections. But they all orient towards a singular underlying truth that exists with or without the existence of each particular lens that is viewing it.

Most meaningful knowledge can be accessed from a multitude of varied lenses. One of the biggest issues of fragmentation of knowledge relates to the zeal with which people defend their particular lenses through which they view truth. They miss the inherent connectedness that underlies all meaningful knowledge. It seems human nature to purse with vigor a particular medium for viewing the truth rather than truth itself.

In putting these thoughts into words, I hope to better identify how I can purse truth that is decoupled from bias of specific lenses.

Connectedness of Knowledge

“There are hundreds of thousands of stems linking us to everything in the cosmos, supporting us and making it possible for us to be.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step, Part 3

All real knowledge is connected.

I have come to think of knowledge as a lens. It is the lens by which a mind accesses truth. From the farthest reaches of the earth, the mind, and history, knowledge is connected by its very existence as the lens through which truth is interpreted and experienced.

To visualize a vastly simplified physical representation of the web of human knowledge, imagine a pyramid. The pyramid is of mixed hues and transparency, and it has equilateral triangles for all four faces. Imagine truth, crystalline, clear, and pure, sits at the heart of the pyramid.

As you extend outward to the limits of the object, the clear truth is obfuscated by an assortment of tints and occlusions take shape. If you could take the viewpoint of any point inside the pyramid, the closer to the center and to truth you were to stand, the more clear your interpretation of truth would be. As you take a viewpoint further from the center, your interpretation of the central truth is altered by an increased amount of imperfect lens. Yet what you see remains a representation of the truth.

While the view from every apex of the pyramid looking inward may be tinted each with a slightly different combination of lenses, you will see an interpretation of the truth at the object’s center. No matter which apex you look through, the truth at the center remains the same. It is merely your interpretation of this truth that has shifted.

While vastly oversimplified, this visualization is helpful for me in seeing the connectedness of knowledge on both the level of any individual truth and the level of the sum total of human knowledge.

Once comfortable with this visualization of a pyramid, it is possible to consider variations of this representation, which I have only just began to do.

One added layer of complexity is to imagine the pyramid as the macro-level representation of the complex network of human knowledge. When “zooming in” to the micro-level, you can imagine the crystalline atomic structure of the pyramid extending the metaphor of the visualization. Each atom in the structure is perhaps a bit of information and bonds between them are relation or connection of those bits of information.

Further thoughts on connectedness.

2013 March Quotes

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” – W. Clement Stone

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up men to gather wood, divide work and give orders. Instead teach them to yearn for the vast endless sea.” – Antonie de Saint-Exupery

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm. Making every nerve quiver. Filling every pore and cell of us.” – John Muir

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.”
– Robert G. Allen

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The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage – by Eric Braverman

Edge EffectISBN: 1402722478
READ: 2013-01-08 to 2013-02-08
RATING: 8/10
Amazon page for details and reviews.
WorldCat page to look for it in a library near you.

My notes:

Think of this book as an owner’s manual for your brain.

It gives readers power to prevent and take action against minor or serious illnesses, which can be largely traced to imbalances in the brain.

There are 4 major neurotransmitters in the brain: Dopamine, Acetylcholine, GABA, and Seratonin. The exact balance and production of these neurotransmitter levels varies from person to person.

According to Braverman, every person has one dominant neurotransmitter, which indicates your “Braverman Nature.” The book contains thorough information about using knowledge of your nature and any presenting symptoms to make tweaks that will improve your health.

In addition to learning about your dominant nature, you want to learn of and address any neurotransmitter deficiencies that may be present in your brain.

These deficiencies can be of any of the four neurotransmitters. Deficiency in your dominant nature is fairly common but your dominant nature is not synonymous with having a deficiency.

To assess BOTH your Braverman Nature and any deficiencies, there is a “Braverman Nature Assessment” in “The Edge Effect.” It’s a paper assessment of T/F questions, which I trust as a reliable measure.

Additional copies of the assessment can be printed here: Nature PDF

Although it’s just one data point, my results from this paper test for my deficiencies matched perfectly with results from a saliva panel I had done!

Print out the test & take it in one sitting while you will not be interrupted.

Good luck!

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