Posted by: Cathy | November 5, 2012

Idols: Thich Nhat Hahn

As I said in my post on June 18 (Coaching Idols), it’s important to have inspirational role models as you’re coaching yourself. These people can be your resources, motivators, and trail-blazers so you’re not really going it alone!

Another of my idols is Thich Nhat Hahn.

He is perhaps the most well-known Buddhist monk living. Originally from Vietnam, he is a Zen master and his home is the Plum Village monastery in France. He is a poet, a proponent of mindfulness, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Price in 1967 by none-other than Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some great things I’ve learned from Thich Nhat Hahn:

1. “All of us need to have a spiritual dimension in our lives.” Spirituality is not the same as religion. “Spiritual” is just “non-physical”; you have a body and you use it most days, but you have a mind and emotions too, and some people also believe you have a spirit or soul. Recognize these other aspects of yourself and give them attention.

2. “Every moment is a gift of life.” “The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile.” Appreciating what you have doesn’t just mean things – appreciate every moment, every breath, and every heartbeat.

3. “Don’t rush.” Anything worth doing deserves your full attention. Put your heart and mind in everything you do.

I would recommend any of his books, though I’ve only read two. They’re all gentle, thoughtful, and inspiring.

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