How to Relax

How to Relax

Book - 2015
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"How to Relax is part of The Mindfulness Essentials series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Relax shows how critical it is to regularly interrupt the hub-bub and routine of our lives to stop, relax mindfully, and recharge. Thich Nhat Hanh says that when we relax, we "become calm water, and we will reflect reality as it is. If we're not calm, the image we reflect will be distorted. When the image is distorted by our minds, it's not the reality, and it causes lots of suffering." With sections on healing, relief from nonstop thinking, transforming unpleasant sounds, solitude, being peace, and more, How to Relax includes meditations you can do to help you achieve the benefits of relaxation no matter where you are. It's a unique gift for those who want a simple guide to achieving deep relaxation, controlling stress, and renewing mental freshness and clarity, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditations. With fifteen two color drawings by celebrated artist Jason DeAntonis. "--
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Parallax Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781941529089
Branch Call Number: 294.3444 NHA
Characteristics: 116 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm


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Mar 28, 2019

According to the Master Hanh, if you have a place and a time to be alone and quiet and just breath, you can relax. Why, yes, you can!

I studied Zen Buddhism for a few years and used to visit a beautiful Zendo in the Catskill Mountains. Often while working in the kitchen, or having tea, we students would talk about the difficulty of maintaining a calm reflective mind in the middle of the stress and tumult of "normal" life and the madness of political divisiveness.

We all acknowledged that almost immediately after leaving the Zendo and returning to our day-to-day lives any spiritual progress we thought we had made would evaporate almost immediately. The Roshi acknowledged the difficulty of attaining true peace for those not fortunate enough to be able to withdraw from society for an extended time in order to "get" Zen.

This is Zen very, very light - shallow, really. A stately version of "stop and smell the roses." (A good relaxation technique.)

ArapahoeMarie Dec 20, 2018

This little book is perfect to help get you into the calm mindset. It is a nice distilled version of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings from the perspective of relaxing the mind and body.

Aug 28, 2018

This little book is a gem. I read it lying down - relaxed. I was as stressed as the next person and extremely skeptical about the little book's ability to change anything. However, just reading it "Mindfully" enabled me to slow down and de-stress.It may appear that the book is not saying anything new but following the practices mentioned in it really help. A book to carry around with you and read at random while you are say on the subway, or bus, or in a checkout line.

" There is tranquility, peace, and joy within us, but we have to call them forth, so they can manifest." " Sometimes we think and worry nonstop." " It's like a cassette tape continually turning in our minds....sometimes the mind takes the initiative, and sometimes you have to let the body take the initiative."

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