Before you can help others, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, you must first bring peace and a deep love of life into your own consciousness. Originally created for those in the helping professions, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy has proven profoundly helpful to anyone who wants to understand why we are at war with ourselves and one another, and how to mend our conflicts.
In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. A ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to ''mindfulness''- the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.
Each day we perform the tasks of everyday life without thought or awareness– walking, sitting, working, eating, driving, and much more. But if we remain truly aware of our actions, no matter the task we're performing, we can stay engaged in our lives and improve our outlook through mindfulness. This key practice is the foundation of this accessible, easy-to-understand volume, and is an invaluable tool for change for both seasoned Buddhist practitioners and those interested in bettering their lives through full awareness.