Peace and Harmony: 20 Inspiring Quotes From Thich Nhat Hanh

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In my quest to develop a greater understanding of the concept of mindfulness, I stumbled upon Thich Nhat Hanh and his teachings. A Vietnamese monk and a distinguished Zen master, Hanh is the author of many great books including ‘Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life’ and ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’. He is also a poet and a peace activist. In 1967, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. He is revered for his powerful teachings on mindfulness and how it can be used as a tool to create personal inner peace and peace on earth.

But you don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate Hanh’s teachings. I use his quotes for daily inspiration. They serve as a reminder on how to cultivate a healthier mind, a more mindful life and a happier existence. While often quite profound, his ideas are in essence simple and accessible to anyone. ‘Perfecting’ his concepts however, will be the challenge of my lifetime.

Here is a compilation of some of my favourite Thich Nhat Hanh quotes. What are yours?

 “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”

 “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”

  “It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.”

 “We have a lamp inside us. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. Our practice is to light up the lamp.”

  “To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life.”

  “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

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 “When our heart is filled with loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, its capacity becomes boundless, immeasurable. With such a vast heart, immense as the wide-open sea, suffering cannot overpower us, just as a small handful of salt cannot make a great river salty.”

 “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

 “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”

 “Do not fight against pain; do not fight against irritation or jealousy. Embrace them with great tenderness, as though you were embracing a little baby. Your anger is yourself, and you should not be violent toward it. The same thing goes for all your emotions.”

 “Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”

 “Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.”

 “There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”

  “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”

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 “To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy.”

 “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”

 “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

 “The secret to happiness is happiness itself. Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, the wonder of our breathing. We don’t have to travel anywhere else to do so. We can be in touch with these things right now.”

 “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

 “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

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~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

Lyme Treatment: My Favourite Supplements

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As someone who has fought and won many battles against Lyme disease, I wanted to share some of the supplements that really made a difference for me. I haven’t listed the more common supplements such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D as most Lymies already know how critical these ones are. The supplements listed below were used in conjunction with a Lyme M.D, conventional medicine and lots of meditation, prayer and rest.

I’m not a medical professional, my advice is based on personal experience, research, doctors’ advice and trial and error. Everybody’s body is different and has different needs, especially when it comes to Lyme and your co-infections.

My doctor always suggested that I only introduce one new supplement at a time so I could track its progress and correctly identify the side effects. This was particularly important for my tummy as I have Leaky Gut and other food allergies thanks to three years of prolonged ABX use. Please check with your doctor before taking any of these are they may have contra-indications with certain medications.

 Cistus Incanus- Can be consumed as a tea or in pill form. Dr Klinghardt recommends this as a more natural way to breakup biofilm in the stomach. It is made from a flowering plant said to contain antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Glutathione- I’m only familiar with the nebulized or in pill form, although I believe you can also receive it in IV and injection form. It is an excellent antioxidant and a super supplement for detoxification.  Post Lyme, I still use this in pill form if I know I will be having a quiet drink or two. This supplement is so beneficial, whether you’re healthy or not. And let’s be honest, most people could do with a little detoxification.

Pau D`Arco-  It is a natural antifungal supplement made from a the wood and bark of a South American tree. It has a range of uses but it’s excellent for fighting yeast infections such as candida. This can be taken as a supplement or drank as a tea. I was encouraged to drink one cup per day to harness its antifungal properties.

Co-Enzyme Q10 & Flaxseed Oil: These two should be taken together. My doctor recommended Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for stamina and to help with fatigue. CoQ10 is a vitamin-like compound that helps in the production of the body’s energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant and helps fight free radicals. CoQ10 is fat soluble, which means it requires fat to be absorbed, so it should be taken with flaxseed oil which aids absorption.

Curcumin/Turmeric: It’s a naturally occurring compound derived from the Indian spice turmeric. It’s known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. We used it to help with my inflamed tummy due to Leaky Gut and pumping copious amounts of ABX in there. I used it in pill form, two pills, two times a day. I also used it in many of my soups and stews in its herbal form. A wonderfully natural supplement that can be used long term and is usually well tolerated.

Grapeseed Extract: While off ABX and on herbal treatments, I used this to treat the cystic form of Lyme. Containing bioactive flavonoids such as Resveratrol, I was told that it has antifungal properties. Pulsing is the best way to go. I found two weeks on, two weeks off to be most effective. I didn’t experience any strong herxing on this supplement which is an additional bonus. But of course, everyone responds differently to medicine.

Olive Leaf Extract: As the name suggests, this supplement is extracted from the leaf of the olive plant. It is used to stimulate and moderate the immune system. It is known for its antioxidant powers and has anti-microbial properties too. If you can’t stand the taste of the liquid form (like me!), take it capsulated.

Toxin Absorb Max- Another top supplement for detoxification and the removal of heavy metals. Consisting of clay and charcoal, you take four tablets before bed with a large glass of water. It provides a very natural but effective way to detox. Use with caution if you are having tummy problems.

Astra 8 Immune Tonic Although it contains eight key herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, the largest herbal component is Astragulus which is said to support your immune system. It is also an antiviral. It also has Siberian Ginseng which is said to be beneficial for adrenal support. Definitely check with your doctor before starting this as it is not suitable for all autoimmune diseases. I responded very well to it and found it helped with energy and fatigue. Again, I pulsed this supplement two weeks on, two weeks off.

Colostrum: Probably my favourite supplement, despite hating the flavour with a passion. I used the powder version, mixed with orange juice to mask the milky flavour. You can actually buy a pill version too which would have been a smarter choice for me. Interestingly, this was recommended to me despite being dairy intolerant as it is usually very well tolerated. Bovine colostrum is a type of milk secreted by cows within the first few days of giving birth. It is rich in antibacterial compounds and proteins known to help stimulate the immune system. It’s also recommended for gastrointestinal issues such as chronic diarrhoea and stomach inflammation caused by strong or long term ABX usage.

 When researching any supplements make sure you take the time to check the quality of the supplements. Don’t waste your money on cheap versions that contain inferior or lower level ingredients. Buy the best supplement you can within your price range.

I’d love to know what your favourite Lyme supplements are. Please leave a comment below.