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Sunday Thoughts

I needed to read this quote more than a few times this week and it helped. Perhaps a few of you will like it & benefit from it, too.

“When you feel overwhelmed, you’re trying too hard. That kind of energy does not help the other person and it does not help you. You should not be too eager to help right away. There are two things: to be and to do. Don’t think too much about to do; to be is first. To be peace. To be joy. To be happiness. And then to do joy, to do happiness; on the basis of being. So first you have to focus on the practice of being. Being fresh. Being peaceful. Being attentive. Being generous. Being compassionate. This is the basic practice. It’s like if the other person is sitting at the foot of a tree. The tree does not do anything, but the tree is fresh and alive. When you are like that tree, sending out waves of freshness, you help to calm down the suffering in the other person.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh


6 responses to “Sunday Thoughts”

  1. PaperPuff Avatar

    That is indeed one to keep in mind.

    1. Yes, it helped me feel less bad/guilty for being overwhelmed, which in turn helps me feel less overwhelmed, if that makes sense.

      1. PaperPuff Avatar

        It absolutely does make sense, yes.

  2. wonderfully supportive guidance 🙂

  3. I love his work. Thanks for this.

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