* That particular moment

I love this helpful reminder to pause today from Thich Nhat Hanh on Zen Flash.

Zen Flash

 When something upsets you, when something happens that is not to your liking in your family or your community, you want to change it right away. You are tempted to use the little power that is available to you, as a father, a mother, a teacher, somebody, to change the situation. This is exactly the moment to stop and contemplate. Practice looking deeply into the nature of what upsets you to see what the most mindful and compassionate response may be.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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11 responses to “* That particular moment

  1. This quote took my breath away.

    Thank you. So beautifully simple and so terrifyingly hard to do sometimes! Ahh the fear of letting go — of even a little bit of perceived power.

    Thanks Val. I am stunned by how this quote is resonating. And amazed I’d never read it before.

    Blessings on your day beautiful one.

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  3. Wise words. Often what irks us about a person or situation is a reflection of our own shortcomings, a fault that is present within our selves. It is indeed a good time to step back and contemplate ones position before taking action. 🙂

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  4. I had to stop and think about this for a moment. It is so natural for me to want to “fix” things, and especially to fix the pain in someone else. It is hard to accept that sometimes we cannot or should not as it may not be the most compassionate and caring solution.

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