Thich Nhat Hanh, Cushion and Vase of Hope

22 Jan
I was sad to read that this Vietnamese philosopher  died yesterday, at 95. Thank you, Thich Nhat Hanh, for your gentle wise ways and words and a lifetime of compassion and dedication to peace.
I have quoted him several times already in my blog and here are some more of his wise, warm words.
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
I visited old friends today for a long overdue catch-up and loved this cushion.
Afterwards I walked in a park that I used to frequent as a child and loved it. There was an addition since I was last here many years ago – the Vase of Hope.
I had just pressed publish when the following came in from my sister who lives in Hawaii. Thank you, Deborah.

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9 responses to “Thich Nhat Hanh, Cushion and Vase of Hope

  1. grandfathersky

    January 23, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    His life was the definition of Bodhisattva ! 🙏🏼🙏🏽🙏🏾

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 23, 2022 at 4:44 pm

      I had to look that word up – and , yes, you are right. 🙂

  2. ladysighs

    January 23, 2022 at 12:18 am

    I always learn something on your lovely blog.
    Today I learned that even if I am not doing anything, I am not wasting time. Big relief!
    I found some videos of Thich Nhat Hanh and will watch when I have nada to do. I am sure I will not be wasting time. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 23, 2022 at 5:25 pm

      I am sure you will like his thoughts. 🙂

    • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

      January 24, 2022 at 8:07 am

      Dear Sally and Esther Edith (ladysighs),

      Thank you, Sally, for your succinct tribute to one of the enlightened human beings by quoting from the master, whose name I shall also present here more properly than that which is often seen as “Thich Nhat Hanh”:

      If mindfulness touches something beautiful, it reveals its beauty. If it touches something painful, it transforms it and heals it.

      – Thích Nhất Hạnh

      Quoting Elizabeth Thornton as follows:

      Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to our everyday experiences.

      Being present in the moment with awareness and (engaged) mindfulness is a topic that I have quite a lot to convey in a highly engaging and expansive post entitled “🦅 SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters 🔖🏆” published at

      The said post opens with this paragraph:

      A spiritual outlook with a minimalist perspective on life that is conducive to happiness is often predicated on living in the present moment through mindful awareness emancipated from the vagaries of the subconscious and the itinerants of the mind.

      Needless to say, we shall continue to remember and learn from the enormous contributions and miss the presence of a truly great human being such as the late master who has recently departed.

      Wishing both of you a mindful and suitably productive week doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most, both intellectually and spiritually!

      Yours sincerely,

      • mybeautfulthings

        January 26, 2022 at 4:32 pm

        Thank you so much for this, SoundEagle. Your thoughts and quotations are greatly appreciated. My blog shows that I do live in the moment (though I also worry too much about things I have no control over) I love the small beautiful things in life and many of my readers share their appreciation too.
        Thank you again for calling in and taking the time to comment so completely.

        • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

          January 26, 2022 at 8:13 pm

          Dear Sally,

          You are very welcome. I would like to inform you that whenever you visit my blog, I recommend using a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

          Furthermore, since my intricate blog contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus dynamic animations, it is advisable to avoid viewing the contents of my blog using the WordPress Reader, which cannot show many of the advanced features and animations in my posts and pages. It is best to read the posts and pages directly in my blog so that you will be able to savour and relish all of the refined and glorious details, not to mention that you will be able to enjoy the animations.

          May you find 2022 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that appeal to your intellectual exploration, poetic output and creative flair!

          Yours sincerely,

  3. Vanessa Carpenter

    January 22, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I love all his work that you have put in your blogs. What a loss to the world xxx

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 26, 2022 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you Vanessa – a loss to the world, yes, but his wonderful wise words will live on and hopefully influence many generations to live lives of hope and peace. 🙂


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