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The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness will continue to elude us. Nhat Hanh shares how the practices of stopping, mindful breathing, and deep concentration can generate the energy of mindfulness within our daily lives. With that energy, we can embrace pain and calm it down, instantly bringing a measure of freedom and a clearer mind. No Mud, No Lotus introduces ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it. With his signature clarity and sense of joy, Thich Nhat Hanh helps us recognize the wonders inside us and around us that we tend to take for granted and teaches us the art of happiness.


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The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness will continue to elude us. Nhat Hanh shares how the practices of stopping, mindful breathing, and deep concentration can generate the energy of mindfulness within our daily lives. With that energy, we can embrace pain and calm it down, instantly bringing a measure of freedom and a clearer mind. No Mud, No Lotus introduces ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it. With his signature clarity and sense of joy, Thich Nhat Hanh helps us recognize the wonders inside us and around us that we tend to take for granted and teaches us the art of happiness.

30 review for No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering

  1. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Here's the thing, if you have read any of Hanh's books, you have pretty much read them all. He teaches the same few lessons in different and new ways. This book focuses on suffering and the need to move through suffering, rather than avoiding it. How mindfulness, letting go, simplicity, etc. Basic Hanh teachings in each of his books. This doesn't make it a bad book, in fact it is a very good book because it is important to keep coming back to his teachings as one is reminded to come back to one' Here's the thing, if you have read any of Hanh's books, you have pretty much read them all. He teaches the same few lessons in different and new ways. This book focuses on suffering and the need to move through suffering, rather than avoiding it. How mindfulness, letting go, simplicity, etc. Basic Hanh teachings in each of his books. This doesn't make it a bad book, in fact it is a very good book because it is important to keep coming back to his teachings as one is reminded to come back to one's breath. As long as you are not doing a marathon read of all his books in a row, this one deserves space on your shelf, but it isn't new teaching, but simply new stories. Good stuff.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lorilin

    Such a short book, but it took me forever to read because there is so much to think about. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around everything I learned. I don't feel like writing a huge review for this one, but it was a life-changing read for me. There is a lot of insight in these pages--and a lot of genuine, practical advice for calming yourself down and finding general peace with life. I really enjoyed it. Such a short book, but it took me forever to read because there is so much to think about. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around everything I learned. I don't feel like writing a huge review for this one, but it was a life-changing read for me. There is a lot of insight in these pages--and a lot of genuine, practical advice for calming yourself down and finding general peace with life. I really enjoyed it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Thich Nhat Hanh has a very simple writing style, so it makes one feel as though the concepts he conveys are simple too. In some ways, they are. To paraphrase: Be present, now, with your in breath and your out breath. Bring your attention to this moment, and acknowledge what you feel. If you suffer, recognize it. Listen to your own suffering as deeply as you can. Whatever the nature of your suffering it, by knowing it and embracing it, you can transform it into greater compassion. Is someone you Thich Nhat Hanh has a very simple writing style, so it makes one feel as though the concepts he conveys are simple too. In some ways, they are. To paraphrase: Be present, now, with your in breath and your out breath. Bring your attention to this moment, and acknowledge what you feel. If you suffer, recognize it. Listen to your own suffering as deeply as you can. Whatever the nature of your suffering it, by knowing it and embracing it, you can transform it into greater compassion. Is someone you love suffering? Be present for them, and immediately ease their suffering by offering your presence and compassion. This slim little volume could be read in an hour or two, but ought very much not to be. Instead, it is best consumed in smallish pieces over a longer time, the better to fully absorb the practices and try them out and see what speaks to you most effectively. In particular, the end section of the book, called Practices for Happiness, can be overwhelming if read all at once. Each of these practices, sets of mantras, or philosophies could spawn a book of its own. I hope, for myself, to read this book many times and absorb more of it into my own mindfulness practices each time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    His books pretty much say the same thing, same message but in different contexts, and I love to hear it repeated over and over again. Some people you like to hear for the spirit with which they communicate, regardless of getting something new every time or not, that is besides the point. And I love hearing this guy talk and I can hear him say the same thing over and over and always feel refreshed and adapt this message into my own life in practical, concrete terms.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This slim little book is huge with wisdom and and insight just what my heart needed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Excellent definitive for human "user manuel" of sorts. Breathing and other conceptual techniques simply repeated with mindfulness as desired goal. Beautifully expressed. Some of the mantra and muscle group concentration/relax is used in psychological session instruction I have observed and learned. For some this would work as a practical book to own for combating anxiety. Or to acknowledge suffering as it exists in the human condition to a contained point for its acceptance/peace. It, especially i Excellent definitive for human "user manuel" of sorts. Breathing and other conceptual techniques simply repeated with mindfulness as desired goal. Beautifully expressed. Some of the mantra and muscle group concentration/relax is used in psychological session instruction I have observed and learned. For some this would work as a practical book to own for combating anxiety. Or to acknowledge suffering as it exists in the human condition to a contained point for its acceptance/peace. It, especially in the taking in of trouble/pain (as opposed to ignoring it or in ploys for escapes from it)? IMHO- it is a lot harder to do than even to describe or to instruct in doing. Habits of meditation with considerable focus attention is needed. Give it a try.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering is a book written by the Vietnamese monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, which focuses on various aspects surrounding the concept of transforming suffering. The meaning behind the title is that without mud, the beautiful lotus flower could not grow. This is an analogy to life—without suffering, there cannot be happiness. The key is to develop a keen ability to transform one's own suffering, for which Hanh lays out a detailed plan with vario No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering is a book written by the Vietnamese monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, which focuses on various aspects surrounding the concept of transforming suffering. The meaning behind the title is that without mud, the beautiful lotus flower could not grow. This is an analogy to life—without suffering, there cannot be happiness. The key is to develop a keen ability to transform one's own suffering, for which Hanh lays out a detailed plan with various helpful techniques. In the very beginning of the book is a quote and approach which resonated with me that can be used when someone asks a difficult question about suffering that has no end in sight. Hanh explains that during the Vietnam war, when someone would ask when the war would be over, he knew that he could not tell a lie and say that it will be over soon, nor could he say "I don't know", which would only cause the person to despair even more. So he would answer, "Everything is impermanent, even war. It will end some day." I appreciated this advice and will try to put it into practice when addressing others' suffering. Hanh discusses the question of whether or not the Buddha suffered by saying that since he had a body, feelings, and perceptions (like all of us) he also experienced suffering. Although both physical suffering and suffering of the mind is inevitable, we can suffer much less by "not watering the seeds of suffering inside us." The act of consuming in order to cover up our suffering does not work; we need a spiritual practice to develop the skill and strength necessary to look deeply into our suffering and make a breakthrough. There are many mantras, meditations, and techniques in the book that can help address suffering. For example, there is the concept of being a mindfulness bell for a loved one—gently squeezing their hand whenever there is something that may trigger their anger or sadness during a difficult conversation with someone else. Or the morning verse for happiness, which is a daily reminder to breathe and become aware that we have twenty-four new hours to live each morning when we wake up. According to my records, this is the sixth book by Hanh that I have completed. I enjoy his books a lot, and have gotten much benefit from them. However, I do feel that they borrow a lot of content from one another (granted, he has written a myriad of books, so this is to be somewhat expected) and have a lot of overlapping stories and advice between them. I enjoyed this book, although there wasn't much in it that I couldn't have gotten from reading one or two of his other books. I do plan to continue reading Thich Nhat Hanh's works, and I wouldn't hesitate to suggest his books to anyone else. They are very quick and easy to read, and are very helpful. Please do check one of them out when you get a chance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kirtida Gautam

    This is the 2nd book of Thich Nhat Hanh I have read. Every time I read him, it's like someone is applying balm on my emotional pain. His writing is so soothing. This is the 2nd book of Thich Nhat Hanh I have read. Every time I read him, it's like someone is applying balm on my emotional pain. His writing is so soothing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Robison

    This is a distillation of teachings into very direct statements and recommendations. As such, it's not all that great for reading but is fine as a reference book. Excerpt: "The most effective way to show compassion to another is to listen, rather than talk. You have an opportunity to practice deep, compassionate listening. If you can listen to the other person with compassion, your listening is like a salve for her wound. In the practice of compassionate listening, you listen with only one purpo This is a distillation of teachings into very direct statements and recommendations. As such, it's not all that great for reading but is fine as a reference book. Excerpt: "The most effective way to show compassion to another is to listen, rather than talk. You have an opportunity to practice deep, compassionate listening. If you can listen to the other person with compassion, your listening is like a salve for her wound. In the practice of compassionate listening, you listen with only one purpose, which is to give the other person the chance to speak out and to suffer less. ... Hold on to your true purpose and remind yourself: 'Listening like this, my sole aim is to help the other person suffer less. She may be full of wrong perceptions, but I won't interrupt her. If I jump in with my perspective on things or correct her, it will become a debate, not a practice of deep listening. Another time, there may be a chance for me to offer her a little information so that she can correct her wrong perception. But not now.' That kind of mindfulness helps you to keep your compassion alive and protects you from having the seed of anger in you touched off. Who knows, you may be the first one who has listened to her deeply like that."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Great title. Shame the content didn't live up to the promise. Perhaps I'm being a little harsh here but not everything can be fixed with breathing and mindfulness. Or maybe I'm just not doing it right. Great title. Shame the content didn't live up to the promise. Perhaps I'm being a little harsh here but not everything can be fixed with breathing and mindfulness. Or maybe I'm just not doing it right.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

    Brought me back to my center. Extremely helpful.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Halle

    No Mud, No lotus is a great read that offers practical ways to deal with suffering in the world, no matter how big or small. Thich Nhat Hanh, through simple exercises and thoughtful metaphors, teaches "the art of suffering" and how one can suffer mindfully and experience happiness in suffering. This book is helpful and will bless all who read its pages! No Mud, No lotus is a great read that offers practical ways to deal with suffering in the world, no matter how big or small. Thich Nhat Hanh, through simple exercises and thoughtful metaphors, teaches "the art of suffering" and how one can suffer mindfully and experience happiness in suffering. This book is helpful and will bless all who read its pages!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Accessible, clear teachings on suffering and happiness and ways to cultivate greater happiness in the world through greater mindfulness. Good for individuals, small and large group study and practice.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Archer Atkins

    I loved this book so much that I bought a physical copy for my book shelf. I try not to buy paper books because I'm working towards a minimalist lifestyle. However, this book is worth having a copy in the house. So many gems of wisdom. I loved this book so much that I bought a physical copy for my book shelf. I try not to buy paper books because I'm working towards a minimalist lifestyle. However, this book is worth having a copy in the house. So many gems of wisdom.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Let's be completely honest. We are living during a global pandemic, people are out of work, some people are dying from the virus, basically anything fun is canceled, there lots of fear out there, and it's just a shitty time. Pre-shit show, my mind felt awesome. Sure there were some ups and downs but overall, it was good. During this shit show, my mind has spiraled a couple of times. Where are we going to all land after this is over? What is going to happen to our economy? What is going to happen Let's be completely honest. We are living during a global pandemic, people are out of work, some people are dying from the virus, basically anything fun is canceled, there lots of fear out there, and it's just a shitty time. Pre-shit show, my mind felt awesome. Sure there were some ups and downs but overall, it was good. During this shit show, my mind has spiraled a couple of times. Where are we going to all land after this is over? What is going to happen to our economy? What is going to happen with our jobs? What happens if I get sick? Okay, I feel much better that I got that crap out of the way. Enter No Mud, No Lotus. I found this book by searching for a book about mindfulness. I knew I need to re-center myself and return my mental state back to my version of normal. I learned at the beginning of this book that the beautiful lotus plant grows in some of the stinkiest mud. If there is no stinky mud, there is no lotus. When Thich Nhat Hanh explained the metaphor about being shot by an arrow and the second arrow causing even more pain, it hit me. Things can be terrible, but how we respond will determine how hard that second arrow hurts. No Mud, No Lotus is full of beautiful nuggets of wisdom to help you re-frame your current situations. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to re-ground, re-frame, and rediscover your mindfulness practice. I am looking forward to reading more books by Thich Nhat Hanh in the future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Small and unassuming...I picked up this thin volume with no previous exposure to the author and was transported to a place of spiritual awakening. Every word is gold. If I'd owned the copy I read most of it would be highlighted. Softly spoken but such a clear voice of truth that it resonates on a very deep level. We have all suffered...perhaps currently. How do we respond to it? How is it shaping us? Small and unassuming...I picked up this thin volume with no previous exposure to the author and was transported to a place of spiritual awakening. Every word is gold. If I'd owned the copy I read most of it would be highlighted. Softly spoken but such a clear voice of truth that it resonates on a very deep level. We have all suffered...perhaps currently. How do we respond to it? How is it shaping us?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    To live is to suffer. We all yearn for happiness, but have unreasonable expectations that happiness can take root and stay forever, whereas it is only the flip side of suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh has written a number of books to each us that mindfulness is the key to overcoming suffering and enjoying happiness. Nothing he teaches relates solely to any particular religion: rather, it is a technique for helping us live in the moment, which is the only time and place we will encounter happiness.

  18. 4 out of 5

    кай жук

    "Waking up this morning I smile. I have twenty-four hours to live. I vow to live them deeply and learn to look at the beings around me with the eyes of compassion." Honestly disapointed in this. Very challenging to read, it's like reading a high schoolers essay where they're just trying to meet a minimum word requirement. Some sections are certainly worse than others, but overall I found the writing style hard to keep me engaged. Maybe I am jaded, but I didn't gain any pearly new insights into my "Waking up this morning I smile. I have twenty-four hours to live. I vow to live them deeply and learn to look at the beings around me with the eyes of compassion." Honestly disapointed in this. Very challenging to read, it's like reading a high schoolers essay where they're just trying to meet a minimum word requirement. Some sections are certainly worse than others, but overall I found the writing style hard to keep me engaged. Maybe I am jaded, but I didn't gain any pearly new insights into my life. I mean it's 2019, aren't we all exhaustively aware around the clock about our own and others suffering? Isn't it a trend to realize our concepts of happiness are keeping us from real happiness? I feel like a lot of this is old hat. I'm not sure what I missed that others got, but I missed it. Overall I guess the message is, take the time to pay attention to the "now" and be nice. I wish I was on Thich Nhat Hanh's level, but clearly indicated by this review, I am not. The second half of the book reads much better, focusing on actions and thoughts to change your perspective and improve your life. This includes instructions on breathing exercises, mantras, and meditations. I was especially taken by "SEVEN: THE FIVE MINDFULNESS TRAININGS". There are nice things here and there, overall for such a short read, it is worth the glance in your spare time. "You don’t have to die just because of one emotion."

  19. 4 out of 5

    J. Alfred

    Pretty clearly a teenage-aimed adaptation of a theory and lifestyle that has helped many people across the world to live happier, more intent lives. The teenage aspect of it will make you roll your eyes, but some of the exercises in the back might be useful. (Think about what you're doing when you're walking. When you're breathing. Etc.) Pretty clearly a teenage-aimed adaptation of a theory and lifestyle that has helped many people across the world to live happier, more intent lives. The teenage aspect of it will make you roll your eyes, but some of the exercises in the back might be useful. (Think about what you're doing when you're walking. When you're breathing. Etc.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Quite a simplistic read, like an extended lecture, but so full of joy it was a pleasure to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Emma

    I found the teachings/concepts to be too repetitive, which I have said before about some of his other work. But perhaps that is intentional since repetition helps us to remember.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Virgin Davis

    If read mindfully every sentence of the book has a piece of wisdom to offer. A very insightful book on suffering and how to suffer less.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chloecharder

    Thich Nhat Hanh's "No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering" inspires me to practice self-mindedness and accept suffering. Hanh illustrates the importance to face our suffering instead of run away from it in order to turn it into happiness. He shares the practices one must take so that we can live prosperously and joyfully. Throughout the novel, the author focuses on the importance of stopping, taking mindful breathes, and deep concentration so that we can find joy. Hanh emphasizes th Thich Nhat Hanh's "No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering" inspires me to practice self-mindedness and accept suffering. Hanh illustrates the importance to face our suffering instead of run away from it in order to turn it into happiness. He shares the practices one must take so that we can live prosperously and joyfully. Throughout the novel, the author focuses on the importance of stopping, taking mindful breathes, and deep concentration so that we can find joy. Hanh emphasizes that without suffering, there would be no joy, without mud the lotus flower of happiness could not grow. As a novel written by a Zan Buddhist, No Mud, No Lotus focuses on practices that help people to become happier through simple steps. Thich Nhat Hanh narrates the story providing real life examples throughout the way, but no real characters speak. The setting takes place in multiple surroundings based on what the author is saying at the time. Usually, the setting is not described in as much importance as is the things we must do to become happy. The novel doesn't have much of a plot but it does contain chapters. Chapters that include the different types of practices that we must take to accept our own happiness, to find our happiness, and to live with happiness everyday. At one point, Hanh writes, "I wouldn't want to be in a world without any suffering, because then there would be no compassion and understanding either." He notes multiple times that the first thing to do when suffering arises is to stop, focus on breathing, and acknowledge it. "Breathing in, I know suffering is there." and "Breathing out, I say hello to my suffering." With these key simple steps we can all accomplish happiness in the simple ways. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy calmness. This book is easy to read and doesn't contain a story plot. It is simply an explanation and discussion to the things we all encounter everyday. The emotions and suffering that we all go through at different periods of life and how it is possible for all of us to get through it. This book helps readers get a sense of self and the ability to find happiness.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Urenna Sander

    In September, a family member gave me a gift of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, No Mud, No Lotus. He suggested our reading the book be a joint effort between us. We would read a chapter and discuss our viewpoint. It didn’t happen as planned. So I decided to read the book as one of my book challenges for 2016. At first, I hesitated on reading this book. Who wants to embrace their suffering? When we are in intense struggles or great change, whether it’s a marriage, relationship, death of a loved one or los In September, a family member gave me a gift of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, No Mud, No Lotus. He suggested our reading the book be a joint effort between us. We would read a chapter and discuss our viewpoint. It didn’t happen as planned. So I decided to read the book as one of my book challenges for 2016. At first, I hesitated on reading this book. Who wants to embrace their suffering? When we are in intense struggles or great change, whether it’s a marriage, relationship, death of a loved one or losing your job, it’s difficult to focus on anything else. We reminisce on how we got to our suffering. We ponder what the future holds. We question how this will affect dependent family members. Our suffering affects others. Hahn talks about happiness and suffering. Maybe happiness is parallel to suffering. How can we know happiness if we have not known suffering? He provides suggestions on transforming our suffering into happiness. I love his statement: “It requires first of all that we come home to ourselves, that we make peace with our suffering, treating it tenderly, and looking deeply at the root of our pain.” There are exercises on being aware of our painful feelings and calming our painful feelings. The exercises are helpful, but should not be used in place of professional therapy. However, I think it can enhance one’s therapy. I think the author is using cognitive behavior therapy in trying to show the importance of mindfulness, a form of breathing exercises, which focuses on the present moment; not the past or the future. There are breathing exercises on accepting our feelings, our bodies and our thoughts. We must accept the things we have no control over—other people’s behaviors. We can only accept our present feelings, love ourselves, let go of negative attachments, and hopefully transform our suffering through mindfulness and the power of prayers. I enjoyed this book and gave it four stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bill Pritchard

    It was wonderful to have a full weekend to ingest No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have always enjoyed his works - for it reminds me of how important it is to slow down and look around. The first 30+ pages were enjoyable - for it was some new material from the author. The rest of the work is a reminder of earlier works, which of course is important and essential. It is also likely good who pick up this work as their first exposure to Thich Nhat Hanh. But for me, this was ground already tro It was wonderful to have a full weekend to ingest No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have always enjoyed his works - for it reminds me of how important it is to slow down and look around. The first 30+ pages were enjoyable - for it was some new material from the author. The rest of the work is a reminder of earlier works, which of course is important and essential. It is also likely good who pick up this work as their first exposure to Thich Nhat Hanh. But for me, this was ground already trod - and at this point of time I was hungry for the new vs. the known. Perhaps at a different time this would have said something different to my soul - but today - in this moment - it was liked (as my 3 stars states), but not really enjoyed (4 stars) or "treasured (5 stars).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mona

    This book is what I call "airplane read" - short, painfully simply worded, with pleasent message and calming potential. This is directed to average Westerner who has no idea about Buddhism and is not particularly interested in anything deeper on the topic.  Author is a well known Zen monk who wrote numerous books and tries to make Buddhist teachings quick, easy and popular among average Joes. This book is no different.  I think it's good so many people liked it. Buddhist teachings have lots of wis This book is what I call "airplane read" - short, painfully simply worded, with pleasent message and calming potential. This is directed to average Westerner who has no idea about Buddhism and is not particularly interested in anything deeper on the topic.  Author is a well known Zen monk who wrote numerous books and tries to make Buddhist teachings quick, easy and popular among average Joes. This book is no different.  I think it's good so many people liked it. Buddhist teachings have lots of wisdom and certainly not gonna hurt anyone, hopefully it will help a few. For me, just too basic and simplistic but I read a bit on the topic as it's big interest of mine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    This small book was packed with so many interesting ideas and concepts. It's one that I will ruminate on for quite awhile. I can't say that I grasped every concept, but I'm okay with that. I don't have much prior knowledge of Buddhism and I'm only slightly familiar with the practice of mindfulness. But don't be intimidated at all. The author's writing and presentation was simple and enjoyable. I'd recommend it, and I will be reading more by this author. This small book was packed with so many interesting ideas and concepts. It's one that I will ruminate on for quite awhile. I can't say that I grasped every concept, but I'm okay with that. I don't have much prior knowledge of Buddhism and I'm only slightly familiar with the practice of mindfulness. But don't be intimidated at all. The author's writing and presentation was simple and enjoyable. I'd recommend it, and I will be reading more by this author.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vahini

    Accepting and embracing suffering is truly an art. When we look at some people, they keep up their smile and charm all 365 days of the year, as if they don’t have good and bad days. That’s a practice and Thay gives many such practices all throughout the book to get through the everyday sufferings small and big. After reading a bunch of Thay’s books by now I am so in love with his simple teachings and practices. Definitely recommend this book to everyone.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Like all of Thich Nhat Hanh's books, this one is written with his simple and straight forward style and filled with tools for creating mindfulness and gratitude in everyday life. I especially like the charts with breathing techniques and mantras. Very practical ideas for making change in your life. Like all of Thich Nhat Hanh's books, this one is written with his simple and straight forward style and filled with tools for creating mindfulness and gratitude in everyday life. I especially like the charts with breathing techniques and mantras. Very practical ideas for making change in your life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mindfully Evie

    This is one of my favourite books describing perfectly what suffering is and covering the misconceptions that suffering is not something we can run away from. The writing style in this book is very simple and is easy to follow, and it gives you great practical advice for finding peace in everyday life.

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