Affectionately known as Thay, this teacher, author, poet and artist has helped to transform the lives of so many including my own.
Years ago, a mentor handed me a copy of Thay's book Being Peace. Later in life, during a rigorous training program where I was surrounded by suffering, I again picked up this book, and its words and wisdom helped to heal my ailing soul. In the book Thay writes:
"Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders such as the blue sky, the sunshine..."
"To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within and all around us, everywhere, anytime."
Ahhh...yes. We have to remember to lift our eyes from the suffering and turn to the wonders that are eVeRyWhEre present in our lives.
One of the wonders of Thay's impact in my life was the creation of a Sangha by my colleagues and I, which met every month. The Sangha was centered around Thay's teachings, and I participated in this for years. We would arrive at someone's home, practice mindfulness, read the Mindfulness Trainings, and discuss a chapter from one of Thay's books. We also had days of quiet where we would eat together and watch a mindfulness video. These were fruitful and impactful meetings that led to wonderful inner growth. The Sangha continues to meet today.
Thay's words would stay with me and remind me to slow down and enjoy and be patient with those I love, including myself. His message was always that we should "water the seeds of happiness".
God bless you Thay and your wisdom and teachings and caring for all of us. May you be as mindfully attended to and comforted during this time as you have attended to the care of our souls for all of these years. Thank you.
Dear ones, have a BLESSED, abundant, rich, wondrous, fruitful, and MINDFUL Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all of you. Much love xxoo
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