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Peace of Mind

Becoming Fully Present
Paperback Book
Parallax Press
November, 2013
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We can’t heal with our minds alone. Thinking can be something productive and creative, but without integrating body and mind, much of our thinking is useless and unproductive. In Peace of Mind, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating body and mind is the only way to be fully alive in each moment, without getting lost in our thoughts while walking, cooking, driving, and going about our everyday lives. Only by cultivating a mindful body and an embodied mind can we be fully alive. Thich Nhat Hanh says it's like hardware and software—if you don't have both, you can't do anything.

Peace of Mind provides a foundation for beginning mindfulness practices and understanding the principles of mind/body awareness. By learning how our physical body and mind are inseparable in creating our own perceptions and experiences we can begin to trust and nourish our ability to create well-being.

Coming home to the body is a strong practice. There may be pain, disharmony, suffering, or a lack of peace in the body. That’s why we start by practicing mindfulness of the breath, so that we can recover ourselves and come home with strength and energy… When you become aware of your breath and your body, your breath is like a truck that’s carrying merchandise. That merchandise is insight. Mindful breathing embraces the whole body. It’s very important to come home to your body, to recognize it, take care of it, and make peace with it.

"Like all the great teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh transmits profound insights through simple heart-opening words. His voice is so intimate and open, reading this book is like sitting with him, in his transforming presence. Offering powerful experiential practices and an inspiring vision of what a human life can be, this book shows you how to bring mind and body together to illuminate and heal each one. You could spend the rest of your life reading and rereading this deceptively simple book, it is that deep." —Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain

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